The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the Very High Frequency (VHF) radio licence issued to someone who has completed both SRC training and assessment.  The certificate has replaced the old VHF Restricted Licence and is the qualification required to operate a marine VHF Radio.    Even if you have completed the course online, you must still sit the exam, which has two sections: a written paper and practical use of a marine VHF Radio / Digital Selective Calling (DSC) set.

How to take the course

You have the following options open to you:

  1. Take an online course followed by the practical exam. With Arrow Yacht Enterprises, if you have a quorum of four or more, this exam may be arranged near where you live.
  2. Take a course in the classroom followed by the practical exam.  Normally this will be in Cheltenham, but it could be arranged near where you live, dependent on distance, and providing you have a quorum of four or more candidates.  In this case your assessor for both written and practical parts of the course is not the same person as your instructor who will be Sticky Stapylton. Click here for a taster video…

What it costs

Either an online course                    £70


A classroom course                            £120

The exam                                              £60

Online Course (PC or iPad).   When you register with Arrow Yacht Enterprises for the online course, you will be sent a login and a password to the interactive site. The course could take up to 8 hours to complete online. After the course, you must take the exam to gain the SRC; this cannot be completed online.

Classroom Course   This is a one day course from 9.30am to 5.30 pm plus an exam at the end.  An hour’s break  is given for lunch.

For Both Courses You will be asked to learn in advance the phonetic alphabet and familiarise yourself with the distress procedure. Whilst those aged under 16 can take the course, they must be at least 16 years old to go on to take the exam and be issued the certificate by the RYA.


We can take your booking by email, by phone or on the form here . Payment can be made by PayPal or bank transfer. On clearance of your payment you will be sent your login to the online course and administrative instructions by email.

Please call the office on 01242 572 680 or email for more information, or to book either of these courses use the links above.