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RYA VHF Radio On-line Course


Course fee includes on-line course and assessment at Commodore Yachting. Postage and packaging is included to the UK only. Overseas students will receive the E-Book unless they wish to receive a hard copy and pay postage surcharge.

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About This Course

On-line VHF / SRC Radio Course

Course Content:

A VHF Radio licence authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any sailing or motor vessel. This licence is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world. It is essential for skippers on their own boat or when chartering in the UK or overseas.

Since January 2014 you have been able to take the new RYA VHF course online through RYA Interactive. The RYA VHF Radio On-line course (Short Range Certificate (SRC) course) can be completed wherever it suits you; at work, at home or while you are travelling. When you register with us for the online course, you will receive a login and a password to the RYA Interactive site. The course takes between 4 – 8 hours to complete online, when you have completed the online course, you will need to take an assessment before you can be issued with a licence. This cannot be completed online and must be carried out at an RYA Centre.

We can also offer the E – version of the VHF handbook! 

UK Students can choose between the shiny hard copy or e-book – please tell us on your booking form. Overseas students are recommended to choose the e-book due to postage and customs delays of up to 6 weeks.

Try before you buy

The Online VHF course works well on a PC or laptop. Some people might find it difficult to read and operate on some smaller devices so it is worth trying it first with a free taster session.

Pre Requisites for the VHF Radio Course:

In order to acquire an SRC (VHF) licence, you must meet the following requirements:

Candidate must hold one of the following before attending an exam:

  • RYA SRC Certificate of Classroom Course Completion OR
  • RYA SRC Certificate On-line Course Completion


  • Have access to a PC, Mac or IPAD
  • Be a minimum age of 16 years of age
  • Under 16s may take the course but cannot be issued with a licence

What to expect:

  • On-line course provided by RYA Interactive
  • The online SRC (VHF) radio course requires approximately 4 – 8 hours of online study.
  • Regular assessment sessions
  • Option to select own assessment date (extra charge)

Included in the course fee:

When booking the online SRC course with Commodore Yachting, you will receive:

Personal login and access to the RYA Interactive site

RYA VHF Handbook (G31) You can choose whether to select the traditional hard copy or E- version.

For overseas students we offer the E – version. If you would like the book instead please contact us and we will look into postage costs.

Unlimited email, telephone and Skype support from our experienced instructors

Not included in course fee:

Licence fee of £60 payable to the RYA.

SRC Assessment:

  • Assessment in our Gosport Marina classroom – the assessment takes approximately 1 hour.
  • You will also be given time to familiarise yourself with the radio equipment prior to the assessment.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided during the assessment

What to bring:

  • Certificate of course completion
  • Passport sized photograph
  • Receipt for your licence fee – you will receive this as an e-mail when you pay the RYA online

Prefer a Classroom Course?

RYA VHF Radio Licence


Try the VHF Online Course with this free trial. Test your device compatibility.

We also offer this course as a classroom course.

The RYA charge £60 for your licence. You can pay for this by following the link below.

To find out more about the RYA SRC Course the RYA have produced a short You Tube clip.

Duration4-8 hours study timeCourse fee£120.00 (you will also need to pay an exam fee and a licence fee - see below)
Location for ExamGosport MarinaMinimum ageAll ages but you must be 16 or over to receive a licence.
What’s includedCourse materials
Access to the RYA Interactive on-line
UK Postage (small surcharge for overseas postage) course
ExtrasLicence Fee £60.00
Exam fee - see below
Postage surcharge for sending overseas course packs

To be awarded the SRC, students must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

A. Distress situations

1. Define a distress situation.
2. Initiate a DSC Distress Alert, with position and time input manually or automatically.
3. Send a Mayday call and message by voice.
4. Respond appropriately to a DSC Distress Alert and to a Mayday call and message,including relay of a distress message.
5. Know how to deploy an EPIRB and a SART.
6. Know the procedure for cancellation of a distress message sent in error.

B. Urgency Situations

1. Define an urgency situation.
2. Initiate a DSC urgency alert.
3. Send an urgency message by voice.
4. Respond appropriately to an urgency message.

C. Safety Situations

1. Identify a situation in which a safety message is appropriate.
2. Input a DSC safety alert.
3. Send a safety message by voice.
4. Receive Maritime Safety Information by NAVTEX.

D. Routine Communication

1. Initiate a routine call using DSC.
2. Establish communication and exchange messages with other stations by voice on appropriate channels.
3. Test the radiotelephone by means of an appropriate test call.
4. Enter a DSC group and Individual MMSI.
5. Maintain an appropriate listening watch on DSC and voice channels.
6. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet.

You will need to pay £60.00 to the RYA for your radio licence.

This web-based training is designed to work across the devices and operating systems shown below. It is optimized for the latest technology, fully responsive and suitable for high definition screens.

You will need:

  • Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser.
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones.
  • Pop-ups enabled

Minimum requirements:

  • PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox
  • iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.
  • Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.

We strongly recommend trying the SRC Taster Course before buying the full course to check that it will work on your device.

Try the web-based taster course here