VHF Radio

RYA VHF/DSC Short Range Certificate Course

Next Course Date

  • Saturday 25th January 2020
  • Saturday 7th March 2020

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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.
  • 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.

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.

Pre Course Prior Knowledge:

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

Course Numbers:

  • Maximum six students

Course Cost:

  • ¬£90.00 including RYA G31 course book

RYA Exam & Certificate Fee:

    • ¬£60.00

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