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 
7th July, 2018 8th July, 2018£340.00£140.00

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

8th October, 2018 9th October, 2018£340.00£140.00

24th October, 2018 25th October, 2018£340.00£140.00

5th December, 2018 6th December, 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 
5th July, 2018 8th July, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

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

6th October, 2018 9th October, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

22nd October, 2018 25th October, 2018£ 420.00£140.00

3rd December, 2018 6th December, 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

How to get in touch:

Phone: 01489 565100
Overseas: 00 44 1489 565 100
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Payment can be made over the phone by all most debit and credit cards.

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Customer feedback

Chris Brion said: "I was very impressed with your LRC course that I attended last November. There was a lot of ground to cover and the two day option with prior home study requires self discipline. But the pre-course internet training programme was excellently set out and anyone who follows it conscientiously should pass. As you know, the pass rate on our course was 100%. I was also impressed with your obvious knowledge and experience on the technical side and have recommended you to a number of people interested in fitting HF equipment in their boats. I have just completed installing my amateur station on our boat and will look out for you. 73 Chris Brion G4BTN"

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