RYA VHF Radio Online Course

RYA VHF Radio Online Course: Course Summary

  • Course Duration: 8 hours
  • Course Cost: From £99pp
  • Course Location: Online
  • Previous Experienced Required: No
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 
  • What The Course Includes: Online course and assessment at school in Saxon Wharf Marina.
  • What You Will Learn: VHF Voice, distress, Digital Selective Calling (DSC), and more.

The RYA VHF Radio Course is the minimum qualification required by law to control a boat in the UK. Upon successful completion of this course you will gain your VHF marine radio licence, this is issued by the RYA on behalf of the MCA. 

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.

You now have two ways to complete the RYA VHF Radio Course – at your leisure online or face-to-face at our training centre in Southampton.


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. On average, we expect this course to take approximately 8 hours to complete.

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.

Finally, the course ends with an assessment at our school in Saxon Wharf Marina, which will take up to 1 hour per two candidates.


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.

No experience is required, however it is greatly beneficial to have knowledge of the phonetic alphabet prior to attending. This will be sent to you upon booking.


The course focuses on the use of a VHF radio, for example:

  • VHF Voice
  • Distress
  • Urgency & Safety Procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • SARTs
  • 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.


Training = £99 pp

There is an additional fee of £70 payable directly to the RYA, this is for your RYA VHF licence.  Please pay for this online before attending your course.

Book Your VHF Radio Online Course Here

Book online below, or call on 023 81 242159.

If there are no courses listed below, please email us to enquire about availability:  info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.