Long Range Certificate

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.
 Start DateFinish dateCourse CostExam fee 
4th December, 2017 5th December, 2017£340.00£140.00FULL
15th January, 2018 16th January, 2018£340.00£140.00

27th January, 2018 28th January, 2018£340.00£140.00

5th February, 2018 6th February, 2018£340.00£140.00

21st February, 2018 22nd February, 2018£340.00£140.00

5th March, 2018 6th March, 2018£340.00£140.00

21st March, 2018 22nd March, 2018£340.00£140.00

9th April, 2018 10th April, 2018£340.00£140.00

25th April, 2018 26th April, 2018£340.00£140.00

12th May, 2018 13th May, 2018£340.00£140.00

23rd May, 2018 24th May, 2018£340.00£140.00

4th June, 2018 5th June, 2018£340.00£140.00


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 
2nd December, 2017 5th December, 2017£ 420.00£140.00FULL

13th January, 2018 16th January, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

25th January, 2018 28th January, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

3rd February, 2018 6th February, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

19th February, 2018 22nd February, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

3rd March, 2018 6th March, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

19th March, 2018 22nd March, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

7th April, 2018 10th April, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

23rd April, 2018 26th April, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

10th May, 2018 13th May, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

21st May, 2018 24th May, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

2nd June, 2018 5th June, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

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.

To enrol

Phone: 01489 565100
Overseas: 00 44 1489 565 100
Email Address - click here!

Payment can be made over the phone by all most debit and credit cards.

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Customer feedback

Anne Lloyd said: "The LRC course run by Bob Smith at Yachtcom was a very thorough preparation for the AMERC exam, and all the candidates passed with flying colurs. However, in addition it proved a most intersting course in its own right and Bob's expertise and depth of knowledge in the subject shone through. I really enjoyed the course and I am really looking forward to getting some live experience in the field. I would thouroughly recommend Yachtcom and its associated company Sailcom if you have an interest in MF/HF radio communication. They clearly lead the field. Many thanks"

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