RYA VHF Radio Course

Book your RYA VHF radio course today

The RYA 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, which 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. We run this course from our classroom at Saxon Wharf Marina, on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Classroom training is a 1 day (10 hours with 3 hours pre-course reading)  shore based training course. The course is available on 2nd Saturday of every month. 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.

Course cost

The cost of undertaking the training in this format is only £99 pp, as well as an additional fee of £60 payable directly to the RYA, please pay for your assessment online, prior to your course.

Please see below for a little more course information. With three different ways of booking – call us on 02381 242159, email and online, what are you waiting for?

Is the RYA VHF course right 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.

Course schedule

The Classroom based courses run from 0930 – 1830 plus assessment, including 10 hours with 3 hours of pre-course reading.
Finally, the course ends with an assessment which will take up to 1 hour per two candidates.

What’s included?

  • Free parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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.