VHF (SRC) Radio Course

VHF (SRC) Course

Learn the skills required to effectively operate a marine VHF Radio


VHF SRC Radio Communication Course

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. You will also be entitled to be the named license holder for a Ships Radio Licence for your boat.

Who should do this course?

Those who wish to operate a VHF on board any recreational craft, passenger boat or fishing boat in coastal or inland waterways.

Course Structure

This course will run over a weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. There will be a written examination on the afternoon of day 2 and a Department of Transport examiner will be in attendance. (Don’t worry – we will cover all of the material that you will require over the two days of lessons in the class room).

Course Syllabus

  • 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)

While it is helpful to have previous knowledge of marine radio communications, it is not obligatory. Note that this is a shore based course and you will not be on a boat or afloat over the duration of the two days.
Prior to the course, candidates will be emailed some course notes. You should do some study prior to the course so that you are familiar with the terminology used. Course notes will be given in-class and each student will have hands-on practice with VHF radio simulators.

Course Cost

€320 per person inclusive of Examination fees. 

Please contact us if the dates listed on our schedule do not suit. Our team will endeavour to accommodate all bookings as best we can.

Upcoming Course Dates

What People Say

The Safety Boat course provided me with a lot of detail and skills necessary to look after large groups of dinghies and kayaks in the water. This course is a must for any intending rescue boat driver.

David Brennan

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