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Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (4 wks)

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using international channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is a vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the 'old' VHF (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending a cousre such as this, which can be adapted accordingly.

Course topics include:-

  • The basics of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written and practical test.

For further information please ask at the club e-mail us at

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