RYA VHF radio course

Click here to book online

If you have already completed the course online and would like to do your assessment here, please see the dates on the right hand side.

If you own a fixed or hand held marine radio you are required by law to hold an operators licence and if you are up-grading your installation to include a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio you will need a new license.

The course for the Short Range Certificate (SRC) is now taught on-line with an instructor available via email if required. This allows students to proceed at their own pace. Once the course has been completed the final examination will be taken at the club using modified DSC radios. To access the on-line course you will need to register with the club office to obtain the code. The required course materials, which are included in the course costs, are available as a booklet or in electronic form to download to a tablet. Please specify which version you would prefer.

The course covers the use of marine radio including GMDSS. Routine, distress, urgency and safety procedures.


The SRC Course is run by the RYA but administered by Little Ship Club. As such there are three separate fees:

- one for the actual course, which is taken online.

- one for the exam, which is paid direct to the RYA

- one for the assessment, which covers the administration and assessor


The fees are:

- Course: £75 for non-members, and £60 for members.

- Exam: £60 (paid direct to the RYA).

- Assessment: £25 for non-members, and £5 for members .


When you come in to the Club for the assessment you need to bring:

- your course completion certificate

- a passport sized photograph

- proof of payment for the £60 to the RYA (this is done through an online portal direct with RYA - link below)

Assessments are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 17:30 in our Club here in the City of London. These examinations use ICOM IC M505 radios; you can familiarise yourself with these by consulting the user manual.


When you have signed up for the course you will be sent a user name and password to access the on-line course. When you have received them you may access the course here.

Click here to book the course online

Click here to pay the RYA for your exam 

Book your assessment by selecting the date the assessment is available on the right hand side of the screen.


To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 12 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.