Marine Radio Operator's Certificate

Short Range Certificate

The RYA Short Range Certifcate (SRC) is an elementary marine radio operator's certifcate allowing you to operate a marine VHF radio from a boat up to 24 metres in length or 300 GRT.
If you are looking for a more advanced certificate then we would suggest you consider obtaining the Long Range Certificate (LRC), which is a higher grade certificate and allows you to use all marine communication equipment from onboard a boat up to 24 metres in length or 300 GRT.

Long Range Certificate

The GMDSS Long Range Certificate (LRC) gives the radio operator a wide scope of equipment which can be fitted to a yacht allowing for a greater range of communication than the few miles covered by marine VHF radio. image

Marine Radio Certificate course dates

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.
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Please Note: YachtCom will not be running any courses after the above dates!

Group and Individual tuition available by arrangement.


    GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC)

    The holder of a GMDSS LRC with Inmarsat endorsement and a STCW Navigation Watch Keeping Certificate may apply to the MCA for a form to apply for a GMDSS ROC.

    All officers who have to comply with the requirements of the STCW Code must have their GMDSS Certificate endorsed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

    To obtain an STCW endorsement, send a completed STCW Application Form (currently MSF 4354 rev 02/14) together with supporting documentation to the Maritime Coastguard Agency.
    See www.amerc.ac.uk/endorsement for further details.

Who should attend the LRC course:-

  • Anyone planning to spend time at sea
  • Off-shore yachtsmen
  • Ocean Yachtmaster
  • Commercially Endorsed Skippers
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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

Adrian Hart said: "An excellent course. The on line learning is well structured and informative. The mock on line exams were very useful. The two days spent at YachtCom introducing the radios and other GMDSS equipment complemented the on line course very well. With a focus on the practical aspects and the mock exam paper plus two goes at the practical Mayday Relay exam getting us all well prepared for the exam day. The class size (6) allows good individual tuition if needed. The 100% pass rate speaks for itself. Thank you Bob & Claire "

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