VHF SRC Marine Radio

VHF Radio Tuition

Price is £125 per person.

Maximum 12 delegates per course but we like to keep to six so everyone gets their own radio. We provided you with a pre-course learning pack which should take approximately three hours then there is seven hours learning on the day. The exams are at the end of the day the timing of which depends on the number of delegates so please prepare for a long day. The RYA VHF Handbook is sent out to you before the course for self-study.

Plus £60 payable to the RYA for the test and licence. You can pay this fee through us to make it easier if you wish.

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Training for the VHF Short Range Certificate must be 10 hours in duration and you have to sit an examination by an independent SRC assessor, i.e. not the Instructor who delivers the training.

There are two ways to achieve this, Classroom Training or On-Line Interactive Training and both can be organised through Willow Wren Training. Your choice will depend on how you prefer to learn new skills. If you are a practical person who prefers the company and support of a professional instructor and the other delegates then choose the classroom course. If however you are computer confident and like to learn in a private environment then the on-line version will be more suitable.VHF Radio

Classroom Training: At the training centre we use modern presentation equipment and practical hand-on instruction. We meet the minimum 10 hours tuition criteria by sending you a learning pack so you can carry out three hour's self learning before the course. That leaves seven hours of tuition on the day which we fit in between 9.00am and 4.30pm allowing 30 minutes for lunch. We also restrict the training to just six delegates with one radio per person to maximise the learning time. Our 100% success rate speaks for itself!

We then bring in an independent assessor at 4.30pm to carry out the examination which normally takes about an hour per person but please allow three hours to be sure of success and to allow for six delegates. It is a long day but it saves more travelling, an overnight stay and the knowledge is still fresh in your mind.

Classroom training uses six of the latest Icom M323 radios connected to a central hub so everyone can talk to everyone else enabling realistic radio conversations and scenarios. Some schools use computer based radios but we prefer the real thing and so do the authorities.

Handheld RadioWe also have a pair of Standard Horizon handheld DSC/GPS radios on hand because hand portable radios are often the preferred radio of choice for Inland Waterways boaters. You are welcome to have a look at these during breaks but we keep to the simpler Icom radios for the training.

During the day you will work through a set syllabus and have lots of practice using VHF radios to enable you to use the radio with complete confidence.


On-line Interactive: When you book with us we will give you a User Name, Password and web address to go to our on-line facility to take the training. Since the interactive site is effectively "one to one" it will take less than the stipulated 10 hours, (most people will take 6 hours). You will still have to come to our approved training centre for the examination which we normally carry out at 5.00pm on the same day of a classroom course. Examinations on other dates and times are by arrangement. Click for more information about Interactive Training.

VHF HandbookCourse Pack: No matter which type of course you decide to take, we will mail you a course pack which will include the RYA VHF Radio Handbook, (G31) and pre-course learning which includes Phonetic Alphabet study sheet, specific rules study topics and Distress Message card for practise.

Test and Licence application and fee. From the 1st February 2018, you can also pay for your exam and licence direct to the RYA . The fee is £60. Go to www.rya.org.uk/go/src. and look for the link to apply and pay. The application form will then be sent to you by the RYA as confirmation of payment. You need to print out the form, sign it and bring it along with a passport photo to the exam.

You can also apply and pay via telephone on 02380 604158 and the form will be sent by post.