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A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board a boat and it is vital to understand the correct operating procedures. This course incorporates both the SRC course and the examination which must be completed in order to award the radio certificate.

This 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 radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment.

The course will be taught using radio simulators and the exam will include a short written test and a practical examination. Please note, to give sufficient time for delivery of the course and for practice, the examination will take place between 5 and 8 pm.

If you have taken the course elsewhere or completed it online and only need to undertake the direct exam, please call us on 0300 300 3112  and we may be able to arrange for you to attend the evening examination only or find an alternative date.

Key learning points: basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, urgency and medical assistance procedures, making ship to shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

SRC Pack: On booking this course you will be sent (by post) the accompanying course pack, this includes the VHF handbook (G13) and exam application form. Please ensure you are familiar with the following sections of the handbook prior to attending the course.

1. Knowledge of radio frequencies (chapter 2 – ‘How a Radio Works’)

2. Knowledge of appropriate channel names (chapter 5 ‘VHF Channels’)

3. Awareness of the existence and use of IMO standard vocabulary and alphabet (chapter 6). You will need to remember the meanings of the listed prowords and be able to recite the phonetic alphabet

4. Distress Message (Read page 45 and learn the sequence)

Please ensure you bring your course pack (including the exam application form) with you. Should you fail to bring it with you, you will be charged £10.00 for a replacement.




Plas Menai fully supports the government guidelines on the current Covid-19 situation. Following Government advice, we have everything in place to operate safely and follow these guidelines.

  • Pre book your adventure online. Booking in advance is essential. We cannot accommodate walk in bookings.
  • A booking confirmation will be sent out to your email address including all information you will need before arriving at the centre.
  • Waivers are online only; a link will be included in your email confirmation for you to complete on your own computer or phone. If we do not receive a completed waiver from you and additional participants, we cannot take you on your activity.
  • Arrive 10 mins before your adventure start time and wait in your vehicle where your instructor will meet you.
  • If you have your own wetsuits it is preferable to bring them, if not, our instructors will allocate your wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet that will have all been cleaned within manufacturer guidelines.

During this time, we have had to adapt areas of our service to ensure staff and customers are kept safe. Find out how we are reopening safely here.


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Course Information

Duration: 1 Day

Time: 09.15-20.00 

Minimum standard: None

Passport Photo: This is required for the issue of your licence

Exam Fee: An examination fee is payable direct to the RYA head to before the course and pay online.

Please print off the email confirmation to provide proof of payment on arrival. For current exam fees click here

Minimum Age: 16yrs

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