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1 Day 

classroom or online

+ 1hr practical exam

£125 classroom

£95 online

(+ £70 RYA exam fee)

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. Using real radios on the course or exam brings it all to life!



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

Types of communication
Purpose & use of DSC
Types of station
Types of call
Radio frequencies
SAR protection
Ship station equipment
Radio installation
Phonetic alphabet


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More Info

1 day course

classroom or online

+ classroom exam

Student to instructor max ratio

6 : 1

Minimum age = 12

Classroom Course

Online Course


Knowledge Required

Learn the phonetic alphabet!

What To Bring


You will be assigned homework if attending the classroom course. This is to learn the phonetic alphabet.

A Snack

This course is brain heavy. Take wee snacks with you to ease the brain overload.

A good attitude to learn!

A packed lunch or money to eat out

We have a fridge-freezer, kettle, microwave, small cooker, cutlery, plates, coffee/tea/sugar/milk for you to use.

Got A Boat?

Own Boat Tuition

If you've just bought a boat or are looking to boost your confidence in an area you are based, please get in touch! We can travel to you, or you can bring your boat to us.

  • Use of VHF radio​

  • RYA Book(s)

  • Use of Kitchen

  • Hot/cold drinks

  • Experienced, enthusiastic and approachable instructors

  • Certificate upon successful course completion

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


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

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