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Event date Fri, Apr 19 2024 - Sat, Apr 20 2024
Event date Clare
Event date €285

Short Range Certificate for VHF operators (SRC) Clare

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) course is accredited by the Irish Department of Transport and is the minimum qualification required for use of VHF radios on boats in coastal or inland waterways.  The course covers the latest DSC VHF radios, EPIRB, SART, NAVTEX, etc.  The duration is 1.5 days including exams. Fee (including course materials, exams and Dept of Transport cert):    € 285

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 ChannelsFunctionality 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)

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