For courses before January 2014 VHF Radio information can be found on our website.

From January 2014 the RYA (SRC) VHF course is changing to fall in line with European legislation. You will still be able to take the RYA (SRC) VHF Course course as a traditional classroom course but you will also need to do around 3 hours of pre course study at home. When you book your place on the course we will send you the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) to read. This pre course reading is vital as there will not be time during the day to teach the underpinning knowledge to enable you to understand the practical aspects of the course.  At the end of the course, you will need to take an assessment before you can be issued with a licence. This assessment will take about 1 hour during which you will be tested on your home study and course content. To find out more about the RYA SRC Course the RYA have produced a short You Tube clip.

VHF Radio Course
VHF Radio Course

Course aims:

The SRC radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on a vessel and is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world. It’s also useful to know what to do, should you ever require assistance.

Course Duration:

The classroom SRC (VHF) radio course and assessment starts at 9am and will end at approximately 6pm. The assessment takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Pre Requisites:

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


  • Be a minimum age of 16 years of age


Included in the course fee:

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

RYA VHF Handbook (G31)  – (Currently we can only post this within the UK – for overseas postage please contact us)

Tea and coffee will be provided during the day


SRC Assessment:

You will need to bring a passport sized photograph


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Duration1 day + 3 hours guided home study Maximum students : instructorYou will be taught in a small class with a maximum of 6 students
LocationGosport Marina, SolentMinimum ageAll ages but under 16s cannot be issued with operators licence
What’s includedTea, coffee and biscuits
G31 RYA VHF Handbook worth £13.99
ExtrasLunch can be purchased locally or you can bring your own
Licence fee £60.00
Postage surcharge for sending overseas course packs
WhenAll Year 0900hrs – 17.00hrs + AssessmentAccommodationNon residential although we may be able to provide accommodation on one of our yachts for £20.00 per night.
Let us know aboutAny special requirements and needsCost£120.00 + Licence fee payable to the RYA £60.00


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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.