Long Range Certificate

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The GMDSS Long Range Certificate covers all marine communications types, MF/HF/(SSB), VHF DSC along with SARTs and EPIRBs operation and if required Inmarsat-C.

On the YachtCom GMDSS Long Range Certificate course, you will use a wide range of real marine communications as you would fit on a yacht. Equipment such as the Icom M801E (similar to the M802), MF/HF (SSB) and Icom M601 and M323 VHF DSC marine transceivers.

The GMDSS Long Range Certificate is a must any sailor planning to spend time at sea and is issued by AMERC on behalf of the MCA and is a higher level certificate to RYA Short Range Certificate.

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Note: If you have a Long Range Certificate you DO NOT need a Short Range Certificate!


Flexible LRC course dates with 2 day or 4 day option

Long Range Certificate course over 2 days.
Please only consider doing the two day LRC on-line course if you can do the following:-

  • Be prepared to complete ALL the on-line study.
    • Usually takes 15 to 20 hours.
    • Allow several days to complete the on-line study.
  • You have very good Internet access.
  • You can attend our training studio near Southampton for 2 days.
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Please Note: YachtCom will not be running any courses after the above dates!


LRC course over 4 days:
Four day LRC course with exam at our training studio near Southampton with access to our pre-course on-line study.
 Start DateFinish dateCourse CostExam fee 
Please Note: YachtCom will not be running any courses after the above dates!

If you wish to do the Inmarsat-C module, then please contact the office.

Group and Individual tuition available by arrangement.


    Long Range Certificate covers:-

  • Marine MF/HF (SSB) & VHF radio
  • Digital Selective Calling
  • Radio procedures - routine, urgency and distress communications
  • Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts
  • Maritime radio services
  • Radio propagation, antennas and wavelengths
  • Radio maintenance - daily, weekly and monthly checks
  • Radio regulations and legal requirements
  • Satellite communications - Inmarsat C & fleet 77
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Who should attend this course:-

  • Anyone planning to sail further than 50 miles off-shore :
  • Blue Water sailors
  • Ocean Yachtmaster
  • Yachtsmen taking part in ocean yacht rallies :
  • World Cruising Club
  • Oyster World Rally
  • Odyssey rallies
  • Skippers taking part in ocean races :
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
  • Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • World ocean racing
  • Commercial yachts
  • Workboats
  • Pilot boats
  • Fishing boats

    Our equipment:-

    • Marine MH/HF (SSB) transceiver -Icom M801E and M710
    • Marine VHF transceivers - Icom M601, M323
    • ICS Electronics DSC2 DSC class 'A' DSC unit
    • NASA NAVTEX receiver
    • EPIRB and SART
    • Inmarast-C simulator

    About the Exam:-

    • The certificate is issued by AMERC on behalf of the MCA
    • The exam independently examined on the final day at YachtCom's training studio.
    • Prerequisites: Candidates must be 16 or over to obtain certificate and be fluent in English.

Course Agenda

  • Day 1 - Radio propagation, frequencies, SSB and VHF operation, GMDSS, Navtex, EPIRB, SART, weatherfax and email
  • Day 2 - Digital Selective Calling (DSC), radio regulations, radio procedures, Inmarsat Satellite & EGC SafetyNET.
  • Day 3 - Practical use of equipment including GMDSS procedures, radio telephone group exercise and mock exams.
  • Day 4 - Revision, course conclusion and exam.
Coffee/Tea is served from 08:30 with the course starting at 09:00 and plan to finish around 17:00.
Comfort breaks are around 10:30 and 15:00 with a 45 minute lunch break between 12:45 and 13:30.
Lunch is not provided, however there is local convenient store 100 metres away.

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    Student Numbers

      Student numbers are kept to a maximum of 6 students per course, so early booking is advised.

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Customer feedback

Steve Jackson said: "The GMDSS HF training course isn't just a ticket (certificate) to allow you to use a HF Radio. It's far more than that. It's a very informative training course, and it's fun to be there. You'll come away with a comprehensive knowledge of how to operate your radio, and you'll have confidence to use it when you need to. I did the 4 day course, and I would highly recommend doing the 4 days. There is a lot to learn! Thank you Yachtcom."

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