Online VHF Course


The online course can be accessed here.

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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 breaks down the teaching of all aspects of using a VHF Radio into manageable sections. As you work through each section there are various methods used to ensure that you have understood the subject such as little quizes and even the chance to use a simulator to make and record practice calls. Throughout there are recordings of radio calls so that you can hear what a real call would sound like.

At the end of the course there is a straightforward ‘knowledge check’ to ensure that you are ready to go ahead to the assessment.


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

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.


The course covers basic radio operation, correct procedure and etiquette for channel use, emergency, distress and medical assistance broadcasts, and looks at various systems including Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and Search And Rescue Transponders (SART).