RYA Shorebased Courses

VHF radio course Kent

VHF Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC)

As from 4th January 2014 International regulations have changed the format that the Marine VHF licence training is delivered. There are now two options:

Option 1. You may attend a classroom based course, but prior to this you will be sent a course pack which will require about 3 hours pre course study. The classroom based course will allow you to use real simulator radios which will allow you to practice sending distress signals, voice messages and alerts, which will also include the MAYDAY distress signal. After you have completed this you will now be required to take an assessment exam which will consist of a short question paper and also be able to show practical use of the radio. This has to be conducted by a separate assessors from your instructor and should take between 30 and 50 minutes. If possible we will try and arrange this the same day.

Option 2. The RYA now have an interactive site which allows you to complete several courses on line in your own environment. One of these options is the VHF/ GMDSS marine radio course where you will be able access an on-screen version of radio equipment. As above, you will be sent a student pack which will assist you to complete the course. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to print off a certificate. You will now have to attend the centre and take part in the assessment exam as in option 1.

Your licence application will need to be completed along with a passport size photo and payment of £60 by cheque or card made payable to the RYA. This is their charge for the licence fee. The application forms will be endorsed by the assessor and forwarded to the RYA who will issue the licence.

First Aid at Sea

This one-day course covers all aspects of basic life support and casualty management. It deals with many of the first aid issues that may be encountered whilst at sea. This is a practical course with lots of student participation. A lot of time is spent practicing resuscitation on manikins and dealing with simulated incidents.


This popular course covers all aspects of basic navigation and seamanship. Set in the classroom you will be taught to use plotting instruments and charts along with GPS chart plotter simulators.

Currently, we do not offer evening classes.

There are no pre course requirements to attend this course.


This is the next step up from Dayskipper and follows a similar format. The only difference being the degree of accuracy expected and the more advanced aspects of navigation that is taught. It is recommended that you already hold the Dayskipper certificate or can demonstrate a degree of practical experience.

Currently, we do not offer evening classes.

How to book

We have courses running every week, all year round.

Due to our tailor made service we do not publish a program.

Please contact us to join on to one of our next courses with space available or arrange dates to suit your circumstances any day of the week.

For further information please email us at:
info@boattraining.co.uk or call us on 07905 963353

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Please note all booking forms must be completed and sent in the post with your course fee to confirm your place.

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