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. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.
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 communication, Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) Search and Rescue (SART)
Prior to the course we will send out a book for you to complete pre-course reading. This will enable you to get the maximum from the course and you should expect to spend three hours on this work. Although indoors for the course you will spend a significant amount of time on our training radios practicing radio calls. Our instructors are keen to ensure you get the information relevant to your water activities whilst still covering the mandatory syllabus. We pride ourselves on conducting the assessment in a friendly and relaxed manner whilst still maintaining the standards required.
The cost of the classroom course is £85. This includes your course pack. There is an assessment fee of £60 payable to the RYA on the day of assessment.
We run this course at least once a month in Poole. Please check out the website for scheduled courses or contact us for an extra course date if you have a group of four or more people to be trained.