The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) online course enables candidates to understand how to operate modern VHF radios fitted with DSC controllers and forms an introduction to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. You will learn the phonetic alphabet, correct voice procedure, the GMDSS system, securite, panpan and mayday messages, and the DSC controller.
It is illegal to operate marine VHF radios without such a certificate. The course is aimed at all deck crew and anyone else who may be required to operate a yacht’s VHF communications equipment.
Candidates are required to pay for the examination via the rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/specialist/Pages/src-exam.aspx" target="_blank" class="external_link ">www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/specialist/Pages/src-exam.aspx RYA website.
The SRC exam is delivered in 2 parts, firstly the RYA Theory exam paper that is timed 30 minutes followed by the practical element that includes setting up the Marine VHF DSC radio for a Channel 16 radio watch. You will also be expected to be able to send a Routine Call by voice and DSC alert, an urgency Pan Pan call by voice and DSC alert, and a Distress Call by voice and DSC alert.
You will also be asked about other GMDSS equipment that covers Sea Area A1 (this includes EPIRBs and SARTs and Navtext).
It is also recommended that you read up on all the subjects including GMDSS with the RYA VHF Radio Handbook before you attend the final exam. The RYA VHF Radio Handbook should come with your online course as a hard copy or as an eBook depending on which option you chose.
If you have taken the RYA Online Radio course with another Training Centre, we will accept you onto our SRC scheduled exams. You will need to ask the Centre you have booked the original Online VHF Radio course with to send the SRC exam report form to us.
8 to 10 hours
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