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Option 1: 1 Full Day (homework undertaken beforehand)

Option 2: Online (buy now and start within 24 hours) 


The VHF operators license course is essential for anyone that has a VHF radio onboard. Not only does it keep you legal, but correct use of voice messages and modern DSC text messages can save lives. Subjects covered include making and receiving voice calls, sending and receiving DSC texts getting help, using other electronic lifesaving equipment such as EPIRBS and SARTS. Using real radios on the course or exam brings it all to life!

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£95 : Classroom

£75 : Online

Topics Covered 

(not exhaustive - click below for more info)

  • Types of communication of the Maritime Mobile Service (MMS)

  • Types of Station in the MMS

  • Knowledge of radio frequencies and channels

  • Ship station equipment

  • VHF radio installation

  • Purpose and use of DSC

  • Types of call

  • Distress, urgency and safety communication procedures in the GMDSS

  • SAR protection

  • Search and rescue transponder (SART)

  • Phonetic alphabet

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To obtain an operators license and develop the necessary skills to operate a VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

Next Steps


  • VHF course book or e-book

  • Modern facilities with hot/cold drinks and refreshments

  • Enthusiastic, approachable and experienced instructors and radio operators

  • VHF Radio Operators License upon successful course completion

What To Bring

  • A good attitude to learn!

  • A packed lunch or money to eat out.

And that's it. We will provide you with quality service. Any questions? Check our FAQs.

More Info

1 day course or online

Student to instructor ratio is 6:1

Minimum age is 12

If coming to the classroom, homework will be assigned.


The VHF radio operators license can be used to support your application for a commercial endorsement on any RYA commercially endorsed certificate of competence.

Skills Gained

Have the ability and confidence to operate any VHF DSC radio and other modern electronic search and rescue equipment covered in the course

Be prepared. 

Check out our next available dates and book now. Any questions? Check out or FAQs​, and please get in touch.

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