RYA VHF Radio Course

RYA VHF Radio Course

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, 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 class room with an Ocean Sports Tuition instructor. We run this course from our class room at Saxon Wharf Marina, on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Class room training is a one day (10 hours with 3 hours pre course reading)  shore based training course that is available on the first and third Saturday of every month. You will learn face to face with a professional Ocean Sports Tuition RYA VHF short range radio instructor and use our training radios where you will practice making routine, urgency and distress calls. These will be made both by voice procedure and DSC. This form of training is also assessed by an independent RYA VHF assessor and this assessment will take place at the end of your training day.

The cost of undertaking the training in this format is only £99 pp. The cost of the assessment and VHF radio license is £60 and this is payable to the RYA, at the time of your assessment.

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 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 the Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) and how it works. You will have the opportunity to practice your new skills through the day practicing on our live radios.

Course Schedule:

The Classroom based courses run from 0930 – 1830 plus assessment, 10hours with 3 hours of pre course reading.
Final assessment takes up to 1 hour per two candidates

What’s included?

  • Free parking
  • Free refreshments
  • Free VHF DSC handbook (normally £14.49)

Course cost:

£99.00 per person

Additional fees payable to the RYA of £60, this is for the issue of the license.


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.