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RYA Marine Radio (SRC) Course

Upcoming courses

Course costs £65 & £60* cheque made to RYA for licence *

The additional payment of £60  (payable to the RYA by cheque, debit or credit card) and a passport photo will be required on the day of the course for those wishing to sit the exam and on passing, be issued the VHF/SRC Operators Licence.

Our next course will be on October 19th (2 evenings & Sat morning exam) 2017. (Choose the appropriate month from our full training calendar below):

  • 9th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00
  • 16th December 2017
    13:00 - 16:00

Topper Performance Training will commence at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 30th September at 1300 to 1600 running for 12 weeks. This course will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water exercises, which will build confidence and sailing techniques. Our coaching team will be led (more…)

  • 9th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30
  • 16th December 2017
    13:30 - 16:30

Laser Performance Training will commence on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 1330 hrs – 1630hrs for 12 weeks. This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the theory of performance sailing and applying it in a practical series of on water (more…)

  • Part 1 Race 11
    10th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 1 Race 12
    17th December 2017
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 1
    4th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 2
    11th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 3
    18th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 4
    25th February 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 5
    4th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 6
    11th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 7
    18th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 8
    25th March 2018
    14:30 - 16:30
  • Part 2 Race 9
    8th April 2018
    14:30 - 16:30

Sponsored by Ireland’s largest open series returns this winter with the Ballyholme Yacht Club Danskebank Private Banking Icebreaker Series. Twenty-one races from Sunday 1st October to 8th April will see some of Ireland’s top dinghy sailors compete in a variety of dinghy classes with four separate starts. Registration will be open from 13:00 with the (more…)

  • 12th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00
  • 19th December 2017
    19:00 - 22:00

An RYA Yachtmaster™ needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations. RYA qualifications, in particular the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and Yachtmaster™ Ocean Certificates of Competence, are recognised and respected around the world. Qualification as a RYA Yachtmaster™ is the (more…)

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  • 16th December 2017 - 17th December 2017
    09:00 - 18:00

16 & 17th December 2017 This is a two-day course which provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities. It includes rescue techniques and elements of race management and mark laying.   (more…)

  • 17th December 2017
    18:30 - 23:00

Annual Icebreaker Dinner with lots of craic, Alex’s good humour and hopefully Charlie not causing another food fight Also the Part 1 Prize giving and a chance to thank the battery hens for their help in the first few months. Contact Micky Forbes or office for tickets. £20 (more…)

  • 26th December 2017
    11:00 - 13:00

Can you really believe that it’s that time of year again!! Well it is, so get eating so that you are in the best shape to participate. How many sporting events give you that advice! As we stated before, “round” is probably the best one! You have been fantastic at raising money over the years. This (more…)

  • 26th December 2017
    12:00 - 16:30

Annual Boxing Day Regatta – two races with lots of craic afterwards. Sailing Instructions will be available in foyer. Entry Fee – £5 donation to charity. (more…)

  • 31st December 2017 - 1st January 2018
    19:00 - 01:00

This year’s New Years Eve party is going to be even better than last year (if that’s possible)! I know we’re not even in December yet, but we’re already being asked for tickets, so please book asap, to avoid disappointment! (more…)

  • 11th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 18th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 25th January 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 1st February 2018
    18:30 - 21:30
  • 8th February 2018
    18:30 - 21:30

The course will run for 5 weeks on Thursday nights from 11th January – 8th February 6.30 – 9.30pm this course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it’s for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea (more…)

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 radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call. All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination. Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test. What you need to bring:

  • notebook & pen
  • Passport photo and cheque to the RYA for £60 if you want to do the exam to get your licence

To apply: Book online or contact