The RYA VHF Course is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.
For many, the additional confidence that comes from completing the course helps them to communicate with fellow boat users, marinas and the coastguard.
The RYA VHF course can now be completed using the latest VHF radio simulator and an online course. The RYA VHF course is supported with the latest RYA VHF handbook and once completed a student will need to attend an assessment to obtain the VHF licence.
The course and simulator can be downloaded so the course can be completed offline. The simulator does not expire, enabling students to work through the course and practice using the radio when they have finished their course. An invaluable way for skippers at all levels to ensure they are confident operating a VHF set when they go sailing.
The RYA VHF Course covers
The basics of radio operation
How to turn on and adjust the squelch to operate the radio
The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
Emergency, port operations, ship to ship, marinas
Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
Learn the international calls to save time in an emergency
Making ship to shore telephone calls
For medical advice
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
Learn to free up routine traffic on channel 16, by selectively calling individuals on a ship to ship channel
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Learn what makes up the GMDSS and how it help keep you safe on the water
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
Learn what happens when you set off an EPIRB and how it helps you to be found
Search and Rescue (SART)
Learn what happens when you set off a SART and how it helps you to be found
Sailing run the VHF exams on a monthly basis in our Central London classroom.
Email [email protected] or call 020 7002 7676 to find out our next exam date.