VHF Radio Operators Course & Assessment

Course Details

Duration: 1 Day 0900 – 1700  (including exam)

Price: £95 + Certificate/exam fee of £60

Previous experience required:

  • Students are required to have undertaken 3 hours home study from the RYA VHF Handbook which will be issued with joining instructions and in particular the Phonetic alphabet prior to the course.

Course Content:

  • Operation of VHF radio and assessment for the Short Range Certificate

The VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard a small craft and can only be used under the supervision of a licensed operator.  It is important to note that any person operating a VHF radio without the correct certification is liable for prosecution and can have the equipment confiscated.

This one day course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to be used, distress, urgency, safety and routine procedures. The VHF radio network is undergoing great change with the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (G.M.D.S.S) and these changes are discussed in depth.  Your instructor can also advise you as to the best equipment for your own boat.

At the end of the course students take a short written test and practical assessment by an independent examiner.  The test is not difficult and has a high pass rate.  After the successful completion of the course you will be issued with the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Short range Certificate. The VHF course is held on board our yacht “Ultra” which adds to the realism. Morning and afternoon tea are also included but not lunch.