VHF - Short Range Certificate
With a VHF Radio onboard you're always connected to safety information such as navigation warnings, weather forecasts and the local Coast Guard - nice to know if you find yourself in a spot of bother later in the day.

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In the event of an emergency, modern radio equipment allows the user to send a digital pre-formatted message to the Coast Guard and all nearby vessels with the simple push of a button....but it only works if you have been issued with a licence to operate this Digital Selective Calling equipment - that licence is the SRC.

That's not all...DSC allows vessels to call eachother privately, it allows the Coast Guard to push safety information to all vessels and best of all it's fully automatic.

This course doesn't stop here...
Navtex is a safety information text service that works hundreds of miles offshore it's free touse once you have a basic suitable receiver and know how to use it properly.

EPIRBS & ELT's - Electronic Position indicating Radio Beacons, use satellites to relay distress information ashore,
PLB's (Personal locator Beacons) also use satellites in a similar fashion but their licencing use is slightly different.

In recent years AIS has become a major player in the safety of shipping, you may be familiar with some of the many websites providing delayed AIS data but live AIS is available at sea - in fact the whole system depends on VHF to send and receive its data.

SART's - Search and Rescue Radar Transponders use the incoming pings from nearby vessels' RADAR to make you very conspicuous on their screens even in poor visibility.

Bet you thought you knew all there was to know about VHF?
We've just scratched the surface here - there's so much more to learn, including regulations, international best-practice and then there's correct voice procedure, the phonetic alphabet and what happens when a distress situation occurs at sea.

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What to Bring
21st Oct

9am - 6pm
     (Lunch 1pm)
Sail Aweigh,
2 Passport Photos and a current
                Drivers Licence or Passport
Candidates should be over 12 years of age.
No prior knowledge or experience is assumed or required.
Price is fully inclusive - no hidden extras!
The Exam
The exam is in 3 parts - first there are 2 short written papers followed by a brief practical assessment. The exams are conducted by a Dept of Transport Radio Examiner and be assured that Sail Aweigh have an extremely high pass rate.

Candidates who have literacy issues can have the exam arranged to facilitate them but please let us know in advance.

Your Course
We deliver this course in 1 long day with some pre-course study done in advance
    or 4 evenings if this suits your group or organisation better.
There's plenty time given to ask questions and get lots of practice in.

We use state-of-the-art electronic and satellite training equipment to deliver the course so real-life situations are mimicked in the classroom to keep it real for you the student.
We also recommend you get a copy of the RYA's VHF Handbook (G22) which is a useful study guide for the exam and great to keep in the chart table afterwards as an aide memoire (click on the image to buy).

Can I Upgrade my old Restricted Cert or SRC 1?
If you have an old Restricted Certificate in VHF R/T or a more recent SRC 1 you just need to attend the second day of this course to prepare for the short 10-minute practical exam.
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