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1 Day
Cowes Isle of Wight
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This course is for anybody who owns or is 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.

Course programme

You will learn on real radio’s taught our expert instructors in a fun and friendly environment. You will soon feel comfortable operating a VHF radio and learn all there is to know about VHF/DSC.

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 DSC procedure.


  • RYA VHF Handbook.
  • Your exam fee and the licence fee for the RYA Short Range certificate.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
29/10/2017 29/10/2017 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Price £155
Full payment needed
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
26/11/2017 26/11/2017 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Price £155
Full payment needed
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

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)
  • May-day, 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 Basic Safety Training course.