Short Range (radio)


Online: $150



8 hours

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Class Details 

Learn VHF/SSB and GMDSS in this Prerequisite for Your Yachtmaster Exam

A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures of use. Additionally, holding a Short Range Certificate is a vital qualification required by law when operating a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC). Confident Captain aids individuals in providing the proper instruction for using a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. Our RYA VHF Radio Online SRC Course requires roughly 5-8 hours of home study in preparation for the online course final.

Prepare and Take Your Exam With Us!

After successful completion of the RYA VHF Radio course online, the candidate will need to take an oral examination with Confident Captain. The in-person exam and practical assessment can be taken at Confident Captain or at a RYA Training Center.

Know What to Expect During Your In-person Exam

To take the exam and issue the certificate, the RYA charges $60 that can be paid by check, credit, or debit card. In order to prove that a candidate has successfully completed the pre exam course, it is required to present a printed version of the exam application form. The exam itself includes the use of radio simulators and a short written test conducted by an independent assessor (who is paid by the RYA, not by the training center).

Please note: At Confident Captain, the SRC Exams are held on the first Saturday of every month except for June – August. During those months no oral exams are offered unless pre-arranged with a member of our staff.

Course Syllabus

Topics covered in the Short Range (radio) Certificate course include:

  • The Basics of VHF Radio Operation
  • The Correct Frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, Emergency and Medical Assistance Procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)

Please Note: Login codes, sent with your packet, are normally mailed the same day Mon. – Fri., office hours. This course is compatible with iPad/iPad Mini using iOS 6 or above. Mac Intel processor OS X 10.6 or above. PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP and earlier operating systems are NOT compatible with this course. Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution.

Booking Agreement 

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of one year from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrollment on the course, your user account will be removed from

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access

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