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RYA Sailing School South Africa
RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate
Pre-requisites: NONE
Duration: 1 day (8 hours + time for exam)
Qualify For: Marine Radio SRC
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RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate

Course Outline

RYA Marine Radio SRC Course


A radio is a highly important piece of safety equipment on board, which is why it is vital to understand the correct usage procedures.  Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate is a one-day course that caters for anyone who owns or operates a fixed/ hand held-marine VHF radio. Furthermore, this certificate is required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) or any vessel that is voluntarily fitted with a radio.

Course topics include:

  • The basic of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Service Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position including Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course is taught by using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test. All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing  calls to specific vessels.