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A one-day course for anyone who owns or used 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 DSC equipment on any British flagged vessel fitted with a radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. This course is a pre-requisite to Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore examinations. This course is followed by an exam.


* Basics of radio operation

* Correct frequencies (channels) to use

* Distress, emergency & medical assistance procedures

* Ship to shore calls

* Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

* Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems (GMDSS)

* Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

* Search and Rescue (SART)


On the day

Make Sure to take a passport photo 

This course was my first that required prior revision. I was sent a link via email by SeaRegs Training. It guided me to the RYA portal where I created a free account and downloaded the RYA VHF handbook. I found this book very interesting as alot of the information was new to me. I spent around eight hours studying and practicing via roleplay to really embed the information.

My course was taken at SeaRegs Training Plymouth. 08:30 - 18:00 

The day was split in to four main parts

1.Theory (most of which you will know having done your homework)

2.Practice and familiarisation  with VHF radio

3.Theory exam this had two seperate sections 

a. Distress / Urgency / Safety. this was written (not multiple choice)

b.General VHF knowledge. random questions (all multiple choice)

4.Practical exam including setup , DSC use and oral exam (with questions)


On the whole I found the day very enjoyable. I cannot stress enough to do your revision prior to attending this course. There is alot of information to retain.