Two day theory course
Multi course options
Various ptions for the RYA Coastal Skipper course
Multi course options for the RYA Yachtmaster theory course
The one day VHF Radio course is also available online


One-to-one practical tuition on your own boat
Practical sailing tuition for individuals, teenagers or groups
Practical Course

RYA VHF Radio (SRC) Course (1 day)

The VHF / DSC Operators Course including GMDSS training is also available as an interactive course. Find out more >>>


The VHF radio course is an essential 1 day course suitable for all water users. A VHF radio is an important item of safety kit on any vessel for both emergency and general use.


NOTE Sailing vessels are legally required to be fitted with VHF Radio and to have a SRC Certified person on board.


This one day course is for:

  • Owners/users of fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

  • Boat owners/operators, skippers and crew members.

  • If you hold a VHF licence issued before 1999 you are legally required to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.

Course topics include:

  • Making routine calls on VHF and communicate on DSC.

  • Plotting the position of the vessel and determine the position of the vessel taking into account wind and tides.

  • Communicating clearly using the correct phonetics and radio procedures.

Book this course


Download and return the Excel Yachting Booking Form

  • A passport-sized photograph of yourself is required.
  • Candidates will need to purchase the required text book

All texts books used on the courses can be purchased online in advance at the RYA Shop

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System is an international set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.


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Digital Selective Calling is the technology used by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).





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


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Excel Yachting


Terence Lee
Principal and Chief Instructor

7, Copsewood Way, Bearsted Maidstone, Kent ME15 8PJ


Tel: 0771 064 7966