“What if things go wrong during your boat trip. Somebody can get hurt or you can get an engine failure… In these cases, it is important to know how to use your radio. You can send a message or a signal so people know your exact location. It can save life’s or it can save your boat!”


Course description

Marine VHF radio is the best way of summoning help. You can contact the coastguard up to 50 miles offshore and talk to other yachts up to 15 to 20 miles on the open sea. If you use a marine VHF radio onboard your yacht you require, by law, a radio operator’s certificate.

Once we have set up your login and sent it to you, you can logon and begin the course. You work through the course at when it suites you.

The time to complete the training modules is on average 4-5 hours. There are seven modules, after which a number of practice scenarios become available for you to gain further experience in a variety of situations. The training modules can be completed online or offline after your first log in.

Once you have finished the various sections of the course, you take an online practice test to check that you have the right level of knowledge for the assessment proper. Completing the end of course test then leads the RYA Interactive system to issue you your own unique certificate. You will need to take this with you when coming to do the exam.

Course content

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


€ 200,-

1 Day online course
Exam of ± 2 hours

Price inc:
RYA/MCA Instructor
RYA Start Powerboating Book

Price exc:
RYA License application fee & License (60 GBP)
Administrative costs


If you have received your password and login code, please go to the next webpage and start your VHF course :