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. You now have two ways to complete the RYA VHF Radio Course – at your leisure online or face-to-face in our classroom.
The online format allows you to take the course at your own pace, using training videos and interactive sessions. You can spread the training over a number of day, weeks or even months if you wish. This 8 hour training course is then followed by a face-to-face assessment at our classroom with an RYA VHF Assessor. You will learn face-to-face with a professional Ocean Sports Tuition RYA VHF Short Range Radio Instructor, using our training radios to practice making routine, urgency and distress calls. These are made both by voice procedure and DSC. The training is also assessed by an independent RYA VHF Assessor at the end of your training day.
Training = £99 pp
There is an additional fee of £60 payable directly to the RYA at the time of your assessment.
Is this the right course for me?
This course is aimed at those students who wish to operate a VHF radio onboard any British vessel that is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.
Do I need previous experience?
No, however 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 course focuses on the use of a VHF radio, for example: VHF voice, distress, urgency and safety procedures, as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC) EPIRBS, SARTs and Navtex. We will also look at the Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) and how it works. Additionally you will have the opportunity to practice your new skills throughout the day on our live radios.
This is an online course, giving you the flexibility to work through it at your own leisure. On average, we expect this course to take approximately 8 hours to complete.
Finally, the course ends with an assessment at our school in Saxon Wharf Marina, which will take up to 1 hour per two candidates.
- Free parking
- VHF DSC handbook (normally £14.49)
To book please view our course dates and book online, email us or give us a call on 02381 242159 to discuss your training requirements.