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VHF (SRC) Radio


(8 hours duration)


Course: £180

This includes the £60 licence fee

Online (with our partners at SEAVOICE TRAINING) then come to us for face to face assessment.
The RYA Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by British law to use a VHF on board a vessel. This includes both fixed and hand held Radios using International channels.
The course is taught on one day and generally examined the same day.  Once we’ve received your payment for the course, we will send you out a course handbook to accompany the course. The assessment is both practical and theoretical. A lot of people don’t like exams so we tend to keep it lighthearted and fun, whilst maintaining and ensuring very high standards.

Course Summary

  • The basics of radio operation

  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used

  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures

  • Making ship to shore communication

  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

  • Search and Rescue (SART) 

RYA First Aid

Duration: 1 day


Course: £130

This includes RYA First Aid Manual

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. 
It fulfils the requirements for:

  • First aid training for vessels working up to area Category 2 under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially

  • First aid training needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulation OSR 6.05.2

  • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.

Course Summary

  • The recovery position in a confined space

  • CPR, including the drowning protocol

  • cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure

  • seasickness and dehydration

  • medical assistance or advice by VHF

  • Helicopter rescue


Duration: 1 day

Course : £120

A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance. Boats increasingly have radar on board. 
Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly. 
It is not an all seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its picture.

Course Summary

  • How its adjustments and features affect the way it works

  • Target definition

  • Radar reflectors

  • Types of radar display

  • Radar plotting

  • The use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance 

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