Short Range Radio Certificate – £120
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.
|Previous experience needed||None|
|Course duration||8-10 hours (online)|
|Minimum age||16 years|
The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.
|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)|