VHF Radio

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, 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.

VHF Radio

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.

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.

VHF Radio

What will I learn?

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.

VHF Radio

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.

Course includes:

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

Course costs:

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.

Booking Details

To book, please look at our course dates below, email us or phone us on 02381 242159.

If you have any questions, or want to know if the course is right for you, or just want to talk in more detail about the course, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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