Booking Form – SRC / GMDSS

The VHF Course

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is now operational on a worldwide basis. Its main purpose is to enhance the methods by which a vessel at see can summon assistance in an emergency.

To prepare yachtsman for VHF communications in the GMDSS era, the MCA/RYA have introduced the GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC). The SRC has replaced the VHF Operators Certificate and is now the minimum radio qualification examined in UK (existing holders of VHF radio operator certificates are still legal to operate, but must update to SRC if they fit or operate GMDSS equipment).

The SRC is a mandatory qualification for operators on small craft fitted with VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Pre-Course Requirements

Fluency in the phonetic alphabet.
One passport photograph.

Apart from those requirements, no previous knowledge is assumed. The course will guide you through the radio examination requirements, with practical work using computers and working VHF/DSC radios.


The RYA VHF/SRC Course is a one day course with a requirement for a minimum 8 hours training and 3 hours home study. The qualification is awarded by RYA Examiner.

Programme (full course)

09.00 Start
The morning session will cover the theory and practical operation of a standard Marine VHF Radio with DSC.
Emergency equipment
Introduction to GMDSS

13.00 – 1330 Break for Lunch – Bring something to munch

13.30 – 17.00
Distress Procedures
Urgency, Safety and Coastguard Liasion
Familiarization of DSC Radio’s
17.00 Completion of course

How to Book

Complete the application form and return it with the appropriate course fee, on receipt joining instructions will be sent to you with the book RYA VHF Radio (inc GMDSS).

The course fee includes:

  • Joining Instructions
  • A copy of RYA booklet VHF Radio inc GMDSS G22 (Full course only)
  • Assessment and exam
  • Light refreshments
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Please reserve

places on the SRC/GMDSS *course on

at Cobbs Quay Marina Poole.

Payment Details

which is a deposit of 25% or payment in full for the total course fees within 48hrs of submitting this form, payment will be made by bank transfer, PayPal ( or telephone. Where a deposit payment has been made, I/ We undertake to pay the balance 28 days before the start of the course. Any alterations to this form must be made in writing. I/We have read the conditions of booking and the schedule of payments and agree to abide by them.

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