RYA Short Range Radio Operators Course (DSC) and Exam Provisional
This course is offered to BSC members only at a discounted rate. The course is run by Emsworth School of Navigation and a minimum of six participants is required for the course to run.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a fixed or hand-held radio. By passing this course, not only will you be legally able to operate a radio on your boat, you will be able to supervise untrained users.
Using real marine VHF radios (not computer simulators) The course covers the basics of VHF/DSC radio operation, language, frequencies, distress, urgency and safety alerts and procedures, plus legal rules and regulations. The DSC element of the radio falls within the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and you will be taught about other equipment which falls within this scheme such as Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs).
The course ends with a written theory exam and assessment in the practical use of marine VHF radios conducted by an external assessor. . The fee for this exam is in addition to the course fee and is payable directly to the RYA in advance of the course.
Prior to attending you will need to complete approximately three hours of self study. On confirmation of the course you will be issued with a pack including the RYA VHF Handbook and instructions on what areas you need to familiarise yourself with before the course.
Experience required: None
Minimum age: 16
Cost: £65 (plus £60 test fee paid direct to RYA). No payment will be taken until the course is confirmed to run.
Location: Emsworth Yacht Haven
BSC members please book on to this course under 'Tickets' below and you will be invoiced when the course is confirmed to run.
Any available tickets are member only.
Last updated 10:15am on 3 December 2022