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VHF DSC Online

RYA VHF Radio Online Course

The RYA VHF course is for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. The online course is designed to be examined at the centre that you have brought it from so in this case at Mendez Marine.

The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. To obtain your RYA VHF License is a 2 step process.

A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

The VHF Operator’s Course is examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test and is conducted by an independent assessor who is paid by the RYA, not by the training centre.

The course has recently been updated and is now completed by simply purchasing the RYA VHF app for your device.

  • RYA VHF Radio Online Course via the RYA Interactive app this takes roughly 5 hours of home study, you need to study the course and pass the app questions, you will also receive the RYA VHF Handbook to help you, either hard copy or Ebook, depending on your location (overseas Ebook ONLY). Once you have passed and received your certificate, you can take the exam and practical assessment at the Mendez Marine RYA Training Centre.
    If you do not wish to take the exam with us please call us BEFORE purchase.
    Before you purchase please download the taster from here, if this works on your machine, so will the course

You will receive a pre-course pack containing the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) UK – Hardcopy,  Overseas – Ebook and your exam application form. This form is required on the day of your exam showing that you have completed any pre exam courses satisfactorily. Whichever option you choose, on the day of your exam you will need to pay £60 to the RYA for the practical and theory assessment and the issue of the certificate. This can be done by cheques, credit or debit cards.

Please note: Login codes and packs are normally despatched the same day Mon – Fri, office hours.

Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Minimum duration Approximately 5 hours home study with the exam (approx. 1 hour) at Mendez Marine or by prior arrangement, an RYA Training Centre near you.
Compatibility Compatible with iPad/iPad Mini using iOS 6 or above. Mac Intel processor OS X 10.6 or above. PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP and earlier operating systems are NOT compatible with this course. Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
Minimum age 16
Course content

  • The basics of VHF radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)
Ability after the course To be able to use a short range VHF marine radio to the standards required by the RYA/MCA

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