GMDSS DSC VHF Short Range Marine Radio

GMDSS DSC VHF Short Range Marine Radio Course and Assessment

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.

Obtaining a SRC DSC Radio licence is a pre-requisite for DoT Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exam

The assessment normally follows the one day course comprising a multiple choice test and assessment using our practice radio sets.

Students will be sent the VHF radio course book prior to the course.  Pre-course reading required.

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Product Description

This item shows the classroom option.   To book onto the on line course please go to the RYA Interactive Area.

The course format has changed in order to bring licensing in line with those offered in Europe. The new course will be delivered by a qualified radio instructor or taken via the RYA interactive on line programme. Following completion of the course, a separate assessment will now be carried out by an RYA radio assessor who will test your working knowledge of the radio on radio simulators as part of a practical assessment.   You will also be examined by a short written test including writing a Mayday message and testing your knowledge of the GMDSS system, phonetics and procedure.

Course Syllabus

A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

All VHF Radio users need to obtain this certificate to operate their radios safely and legally.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

Obtaining a SRC DSC Radio licence is a pre-requisite for DoT Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore exam

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.

What is included:

Teaching and exam time (classroom space included)

Your course price includes theVHF Handbook and course material.

* You will be sent your G31 book and study material prior to the day for some essential pre-course study.

Not included:

£60 will be payable to the RYA for the license.

(see the calendar for available dates and to reserve your place)