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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 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.

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

The online course is designed to be examined at the centre that you brought it from so in this case at Mendez Marine.

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 is Web based and accessed through the RYA website.

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

  • RYA VHF Radio Online Course via the RYA website this takes roughly 5 hours of home study, you need to study the course and pass the questions.
  • You will receive the RYA VHF Handbook (G31) to help you, either hard copy or Ebook, depending on your location (overseas Ebook ONLY).
  • Once you have passed and printed your certificate, you can take the exam and practical assessment at the Mendez Marine RYA Training Centre.  The exam costs £60.
  • To book your exam please contact the office info@mendezmarine.co.uk or phone 01489 588977 – this can be organised within a couple days.
  • Please pay for the exam via Mendez Marine on this payment link click here
  • Alternatively pay for the exam direct to the RYA via this link click here if you pay the RYA direct please being a copy of the receipt to the exam.
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 see below
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

Marine Radio Short Range Certificate

This web-based training is designed to work across the devices and operating systems shown below. It is optimized for the latest technology, fully responsive and suitable for high definition screens.

You will need:

  • Internet connection .
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser.
  • Microphone and speakers/headphones.
  • Pop-ups enabled

Minimum requirements:

  • PC running Windows 10 minimum with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Mac running 10.13 minimum with the latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox
  • iPad running iOS 11 minimum using Safari.
  • Android tablet running 4.1 minimum using Google Chrome.
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