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VHF / DSC Course (Short Range Certificate)

A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A VHF/DSC radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

Whilst this course may be undertaken 'on-line' it is still necessary to sit the 'assessment' and many people find it easier to undergo the 'one day' (with a little bit of pre-homework) course in the training centre using actual radios rather than computer simulators.

Course topics include:

The course will be taught using actual radios adapted for classroom use, at the end of the day the Assessor will come in and there will be both a written and oral test - it's not difficult having had the days instruction!.

Course Prices
Individual students £95.00 each
Students who have undertaken another course with us within
the previous 3 years or
groups of '3 or more students booking'
£75.00 each
Individual Tuition


above prices include the VHF book course pack and are inclusive of VAT at 20%
A further fee of £60.00 per person is payable to the RYA for the assessment and issue of the appropriate Licence

It is necessary to book this course slightly in advance as your course book and joining instructions are needed for the pre-homework, give us a call or drop us an email and we will explain.