Harbour Sea School

Short Range Radio Certificate

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

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 license (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this course.

Course Details

Previous experience needed None
Course duration 1 Day
Course Cost £89 + £60 Exam Fee Payable to the RYA
Minimum age 16 years
Instructor to Student Ratio 1:12

Course Content

The basics of 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 (SART)

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