Short Range Certificate for VHF operators (SRC)
Who this course is for: Anyone who operates a recreational craft, passenger boat or fishing boat in coastal or inland waterways.
Length of course: This course is usually held over one evening, Friday, (3.5 hrs.) and one day, Saturday, (including exam time – approx. 8 hrs.). Though we can also run the course mid-week over two days.
Objective: To gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully operate VHF radio including sending and receiving distress communications.
Assessment: There are two written exams and two oral exam. Successful candidates will receive a Short Range Radio Certificate issued by the Department of Transport and recognized worldwide.
Prerequisites: While it is helpful to have previous knowledge of marine radio communications, it is not obligatory.
Format of the course: Prior to the course, candidates are given course notes and are encouraged to access our online simulator.
Course notes will be given in-class and each student will have hands-on practice with VHF radios, as well as with EPIRBs, SARTs, and NAVTEX.
- Types of Communications in the Maritime Mobile Service
- Types of Stations in the Maritime Mobile Service
- Radio Frequencies and Channels
- Functionality of Ship Station Equipment
- Basic controls and usage of VHF radio
- VHF antennas Purpose and use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
- Search and Rescue Procedures (SAR)
- Distress, Urgency and Safety Communications in GMDSS
- Maritime Safety Information (MSI)
- Alerting and Location Signals
- Operational procedures and regulations for VHF Communications in regards to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)