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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):


  • 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…)


  • Boat Handling Day 1
    27th January 2018
    08:30 - 16:30
  • Boat Handling Day 2
    28th January 2018
    08:30 - 16:30

You will be out and about in boats on both days of this 2 day course, which includes a mix of four theory, two dry practical and three open-water practical sessions aboard a RIB.  You will learn about the responsibilities of owning, towing and driving a boat, and how to launch and recover it. With (more…)


  • 27th January 2018
    09:00 - 17:00

Our one-day / 8 hour course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. (more…)


  • 28th January 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 4th February 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 11th February 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 18th February 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 25th February 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 4th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 11th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 18th March 2018
    09:00 - 12:00

Laser Performance Training will continue on Sunday 14th January 2018 at 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs for 10 weeks. (Pay for 6 upfront and then pay as you go for the rest.) This course is open to all Laser fleet. Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial class are particularly welcome. This instruction will look at the (more…)


  • 2nd & 3rd February
    3rd February 2018 - 4th February 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th February
    24th February 2018 - 25th February 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th March
    24th March 2018 - 25th March 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 28th & 29th April
    28th April 2018 - 29th April 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 26th & 27th May
    26th May 2018 - 27th May 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 23rd & 24th June
    23rd June 2018 - 24th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 28th & 29th July
    28th July 2018 - 29th July 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 25th & 26th August
    25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 29th & 30th September
    29th September 2018 - 30th September 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 27th & 28th October
    27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 24th & 25th November
    24th November 2018 - 25th November 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.


  • 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…)


  • Dive Planning and Management Day 1
    10th February 2018
    08:30 - 16:30
  • Dive Planning and Management Day 2
    11th February 2018
    08:30 - 16:30

The course involves lots of practice under the guidance of experienced instructors and gives you the confidence to plan and manage dives, and to manage a real dive yourself. This is a fun course with group sessions and a day’s diving. You will also get three Dive Leader lessons signed off with this course: DT8, (more…)


  • 10th & 11th February
    10th February 2018 - 11th February 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 14th & 15th April
    14th April 2018 - 15th April 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 9th & 10th June
    9th June 2018 - 10th June 2018
    09:30 - 17:00
  • 11th & 12th August
    11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
    09:30 - 17:00

This two-day course 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.


  • Buoyancy and Trim Workshop
    15th February 2018
    19:30 - 21:30

The Buoyancy and Trim Workshop includes one theory session and two open-water dives. You will be taught the value of control and relaxation to achieve an optimum position in the water. You will understand what affects buoyancy underwater and the practical steps you need to take to achieve and maintain a horizontal diving posture.You will (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 office@ballyholme.com