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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):


  • Diver Coxswain assessment
    17th February 2018
    08:30 - 16:00

In the five-hour Diver Coxswain assessment you will be orally tested on your theory knowledge of boat safety equipment, what to do in an emergency, knots and rules of the road. You will be practically assessed on your skills covering: o    Voyage planning o    Boat preparation and safety o    Boat handling and manoeuvres o    Anchoring (more…)


  • 22nd February 2018
    19:00 - 21:00

On Thursday 22nd February, we will be hosting an Open Members Night when we would like to see all of our members – young and old – come down to the club and find out how they can get more involved. Nothing happens in the club – big or small, one-off or regular, – without (more…)


  • Compressor Operator SDC
    10th March 2018
    09:00 - 16:00

You will learn about the design and working parts of gas compressors, and the air quality that divers need and how to test for it. You will also learn about cylinder regulations and become competent at compressor operation and cylinder filling. The half-day course consists of four theory sessions, an open forum, and a practical session. (more…)


  • Practical Rescue Management
    11th March 2018
    08:30 - 17:00

On this one-day course you will learn to manage the resources at your disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue. There is a mixture of theory and practical sessions covering the rescue management process, including removing casualty to a point of safety, first aid priorities, summoning emergency services (more…)


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2- Graham Construction
    29th November 2018 - 30th 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.

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