RYA VHF (SRC) – Online interactive Radio Course

RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Course


The RYA VHF Radio On-line course (Short Range Certificate (SRC) course) can now be completed wherever it suits you; at work, at home or while you are travelling. When you register with Howellsail for the online course, you will receive a login and a password to the RYA Interactive site.

Upon completion of the online course you complete a short practical assessment which is easily arranged at a time and date to suit you.


The course takes between 4 – 8 hours to complete online. (NOW AVAILABLE ON IPAD).

The online format means you can learn anytime, anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet. If you like the idea of taking the course in this way, please take a look at the Free Trial, this also ensures that your computer is compatible, and then go to our booking page to sign up and pay online.


Online RYA VHF (SRC) Radio Course £85

includes Personal login and access to the RYA Interactive site.

RYA VHF Handbook (G31) incl. P&P. Either hard copy or Ebook, depending on your location (overseas Ebook ONLY). Unlimited email and telephone support from our experienced instructors.

 Easy secure payment book online with PayPal.

 (Before the final practical exam you will need to pay the RYA a separate fee of £70 for the licence)

We also accept payment by credit or debit card, cheque, bank transfer, etc.


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)

Course Pack Includes

Personal Login

And access to the RYA Interactive site


RYA VHF Handbook (G31) incl. P&P

Either hard copy or Ebook, depending on your location (overseas Ebook ONLY).

Phone & email assistance

from our experienced instructors

Course Aims


The SRC radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on a vessel and is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world


Knowledge of what category of call to make. should you ever require assistance


Upon completion of the online course, you will need to take an assessment before you can be issued with a licence. This can’t be completed online and must be carried out at an authorised RYA Training Centre. There is a £70 fee payable direct to the RYA for the assessment and processing of your licence.

The assessment takes approximately 1 hour. You will need to bring along a passport sized photograph of yourself. A range of flexible venues are available for assessments, please contact us for advice.

Informative course, well suited to my needs. Clear instruction and friendly teachers.

Peter W.

Pre-Course Requirements & Suitability »

In order to acquire an SRC VHF Certificate of Competence, you must meet the following requirements: Candidate must hold one of the following before attending an exam:

RYA SRC Certificate of Classroom Course Completion OR
RYA SRC Certificate On-line Course Completion

Be a minimum age of 16 years of age
Have access to a PC, Mac or iPad
Should you have any difficulties we provide a full back up service whereby you can contact us by email or phone. Your questions will be dealt with promptly by a fully qualified RYA Instructor.

We also have reciprocal arrangements with some sailing schools around the UK, Menorca, Gibraltar, Tenerife,& Gran Canaria, & Croatia where having successfully completed the course online, you can arrange to carry out your VHF Assessment if you wish.

Compatibility Requirements »

This course has the following minimum requirements:

Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
1024 x 768 screen resolution – this must be available screen space (menu bars, docks or task bars may conceal part of the course window on smaller screens).
JavaScript must be enabled in your web browser.
Microphone and speakers/headphones.

Platform specific minimum requirements:
Mac Intel processor OS X 10.7 (Lion) or above.
PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2 1 GHz (x86) processor 512 MB RAM Sound card. Windows XP and earlier operating systems are not compatible with this course.
Quicktime (for viewing videos) available here.
Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
iPad/iPad Mini using iOS 6 or above.
Older generation iPads may have performance issues. We strongly recommend installing the SRC Taster Course before buying the full course to check that it will work on your device.

Ready to get going?

Take the FREE TRIAL then contact us or book online and we will then email your login details & link for you to get started straight away

Recommended Reading for RYA VHF (SRC) – Online interactive Radio Course

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S) (G22)

This book is essential background reading for anyone taking a VHF radio course. It covers all radio procedures from routine calls to urgency & distress & includes an explanation of the new GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System) requirements.
£8.49 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – Also available as an eBook