VHF Radio

RYA VHF/DSC Short Range Certificate Course

During this course

You will practice all these skills using real VHF/DSC radios. Each student will be allocated their own training radio for the duration of the course. The training session is followed by a second shorter session where your practical knowledge and skills will be assessed by an independent RYA examiner and a short written paper.

Successful completion of the course will qualify you to receive the Short Range Certificate of Competence (issued by RYA) authorising the holder to operate  VHF/DSC marine radio equipment.

Upcoming VHF Course Dates

Month (Year 2022)CourseCourse dateBooking link
JulyVHF/DSC Marine Radio7th July 2022BOOK NOW
AugustVHF/DSC Marine Radio4th August 2022BOOK NOW
SeptemberVHF/DSC Marine Radio1st September 2022BOOK NOW
January to DecemberBuy a Gift CardAny Course or services supplied by Ashore SailingBUY NOW
List of forthcoming VHF courses with booking links



VHF/DSC Marine Radio

  • We operate a 1:1 student to radio ratio allowing you maximum hands on radio practice time. 
  • Maximum class size 6 
  • Minimum age 16 years, and In line with our Safeguarding Policy young adults under 18 should be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • We have added a new pair of the latest Standard Horizon radios to our existing range, featuring internal GPS and programmed with the new VHF channels introduced in January 2017. This offers a more realistic learning experience and guarantees to keep you at the forefront of the latest developments in marine radio communications.


  • Willow Farm, Waltham Lane, Harby, Leicestershire, LE14 4DB

Course content

This RYA shore-based course aims to teach you how to operate a VHF/DSC marine radio, the correct procedures and protocol required for efficient radio communications, and how to make:

  1. Routine
  2. Group
  3. Urgency
  4. Safety
  5. Distress

Calls using VHF Marine Radio equipment with the latest Digital Selective Calling technology.

Pre Course Prior Knowledge:

  • Home study of the G31 course book supplied by Ashore Sailing and included in the course cost.

Course Cost:

  • ¬£95.00 includes RYA G31 course book

RYA Exam & Certificate Fee:

    • ¬£60.00 (Payable to the RYA)

What our students say

Clare. Instructors knowledge was amazing. Information given helped us to ensure we felt confident and comfortable using the equipment. We had lots of practice, so by the time of the exam you knew exactly what to do and what was expected of you.

Dave.Mark is a brilliant instructor who clearly knows his stuff and skillfully transfers his knowledge. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of course, Mark’s teaching style, the learning environment, and the jovial atmosphere in the classroom.
Full marks for Ashore, thanks for a great, informative day!

John. Nicely paced lesson format with switches from power point, lecture and practical sessions. Plenty of time to practice and review important message sequences. Enjoyable day! Thank you
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