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RYA VHF (SRC) DSC

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

As from 2nd January 2014 the course and examination changed to fall inline with European Standards.

 

Dover Sea Sports offer you two options in gaining your Short Range Certificate (SRC);

RYA VHF Handbook
RYA eBooks

Option 1

Home Learning/Online

Study at home by using the course book that will be sent to you, then complete the RYA interactive online course which we set up for you.
Upon completion of the online course, you must then attend a face-face assessment with our friendly assessor here at the Dover Sea Sports Centre.Assessments contain a written and practical element, which should take no longer than 60mins.
Cost: Online course fee - £80. 
Assessment fee - £60 (inc. one off licence fee)

Option 2

Attend a course

Using our modern Icom radio simulators.Learn about and gain experience and confidence with up to six fellow students in our training room.There's nothing to fear, all of our courses are done in a relaxed environment with a friendly RYA SRC instructor/assessor.Upon completion of the course, you must then attend a face-face assessment with our friendly assessor here at the Dover Sea Sports Centre.Assessments contain a written and practical element, which should take no longer than 60mins.Cost: Course fee - £95 per person (min group of 4 req.) Assessment fee - £60 per person (inc. one off licence fee)

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Preview and download the SRC taster course here
Apple Mac download link
Microsoft Windows download link
App available from the App Store

Download for Mac 10.7 or later from the App Store

 

Download for WindowsAs you download the file you will be asked if you want to open or save. Choose open. Open the Zip file and run the exe program.

 

Download for iPads from the App Store

Telephone the office to book

01304 212 880

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)

GDPR Statement

Data sharing statement to be included in online course booking information:

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. 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 www.ryainteractive.org 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 3 months 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 enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

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