VHF / DSC / GMDSS (VHF – Short Range Certificate) Courses in Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

If you ask any skipper why they have a VHF marine radio aboard, they will mention safety.

They will more than likely tell you that more than one regular crew member also holds an Operators Licence, as it could well be the skipper that is incapacitated, (it is your life line as well as chat net).

Introduced in Jan 2014 there are two new methods of training: Classroom or Online Courses.

Both routes of training will ensure a good base understanding of the Global Maritime Safety System (GMDSS).

Both routes will comprise of an Instructional phase and an assessment phase.

On successful completion of the assessment phase you will be awarded the RYA, Short Range Certificate (marine Radio Operators Certificate of Competence).

The VHF / DSC / GMDSS Course Covers:

  • The basics of radio operation & workings
  • The Phonetic Alphabet
  • The use of Correct Frequencies
  • Emergency calls & normal calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Search & Rescue Transponder (SART)
  • Navigational Teletext (NAVTEX)

VHF / DSC / GMDSS Course Duration:

A minimum of 10hr training time, this is broken down into two phases, 3hr self reading & 7hr tuition.

This is then followed with an assessment by an independent examiner at our school.

We provide the RYA VHF Handbook once you have signed up for the course. (included in the price, £13.99 + postage) .

Minimum Age: Age 16.

Cost of the VHF / DSC / GMDSS Course:

Prior to attending your course / assessment please contact the RYA directly on 02380604191, this is to pay the RYA directly for your assessment and VHF licence.

Once paid you will be provided with a unique number and prepopulated application form. This you will need to produce on your classroom course and assessment as proof of payment.

The one day classroom course is £100 per student when booking for two or more students £80 per student.
This payment includes your VHF book. This is to be paid by bank transfer prior to course (Bank details on application and booking).

The assessment will be paid by the RYA direct to the assessor (£30).

For more details contact: Cliff on +447767398892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.