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1 Day
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Our RYA VHF Radio Course is for anybody who owns or would like to operate a VHF/DSC radio onboard a yacht, motorboat, or RIB. You will learn how to use the VHF radio and understand the language, etiquette, and emergency procedures.

The course includes a £70 exam fee payable to the RYA

Course programme

This course is a must for anybody going to sea, and will give you the practical experience of how to use a VHF radio in the comfort of a warm classroom. We use the latest Icom VHF training radios providing a realistic experience of what it would be like to send an emergency message.

There is a serious side: if there is an emergency you will need to know what to do. The classroom is a perfect place to practice what to say and make sure you feel comfortable with the equipment and DSC procedure.

If you are working towards your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power or Sail qualification then you are required to hold the RYA VHF radio certificate before you sit the Yachtmaster exam.


  • RYA VHF Handbook.
  • Exam fees

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

No previous experience is needed.

Full itinerary

The course starts at 9:00 and finishes at 5:00pm. Expect to cover:

  • The basics of VHF radio
  • Different types of radio
  • Licencing
  • Practical use of the sets
  • Routine calls to other VHF radios
  • VHF Channels used
  • Phonetic alphabet
  • Digital selective calling (DSC)
  • Mayday, urgency and security messages

At the end of the course, there is a written and practical exam.

Related courses

To work as a professional crew member you need STCW certificates, so a perfect next step would be to attend our STCW Basic Safety Training Course which covers everything you need to know to work on a Superyacht in six days.