The RYA DSC VHF Radio Course is the only course that is a requirement of use for boaters in the UK. Upon successful completion of this course you will gain your VHF Radio license, this is issued by the RYA on behalf of the MCA and as of 2014 there are now two ways to gain your VHF license – at your leisure online or face to face in our class room with a Ocean Sports Tuition instructor.
Online at your own pace is available to take at your leisure with online training videos followed by interactive question and answer sessions. Have a look at the video below to gain a feel of the online course. You can spread the training over a number of day, weeks or even months if you wish, it really is that flexible. This 8 hour training course is then followed by a face to face assessment at our class room with an RYA VHF Assessor. The cost of the online training course is £79 pp. The cost of the license fee is £60 and this is payable to the RYA at the time of your assessment. Ocean Sports Tuition does not charge you extra for your assessment.
Is this the right course for me?
This course is aimed at those students who wish to operate a VHF radio on board any British vessel that is voluntary fitted with radio equipment.
Do I need previous experience?
No – Although it is greatly beneficial to have knowledge of the phonetic alphabet prior to attending. This will be sent to you upon booking.
What Will I learn?
The use of a VHF radio including VHF voice, distress, urgency and safety procedures, as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC) EPIRBS, SARTs and Navtex. We will also look at GMDSS and we fit into the system.
You will have the opportunity to practice your new skills through the day using our live radios.
GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems.
How long is the course?
Online training takes 8 hours
Final assessment takes up to 1 hour per two candidates
How much is the course and what does it include?
Online training course – £79.00 per person including your assessment.