RYA VHF Radio Course (SRC, DSC, GMDSS)

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing an SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre.

Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses. When booking a SRC course the RYA training centre will give you details of the time and location for the exam.

The SRC course may be taken in a classroom or online through an RYA Recognised Training Centre. There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.

Option 1: We run this course on 1 to 1 basis at £499 per person. 

Option2: Take the RYA VHF Radio course online then sit the final SRC exam with us, visit our Training partners at Seavoice Training.

Either way Waterwise don’t charge for the Exam


The facility at Madog Boat Yard is second to none. The classroom is central heated, with views across the estuary, and there are showers for PWC courses and a kitchen for breaktime. Outside in the yard is an 8-tonne static crane, slipway, private pontoons and workshop. The estuary acts as a lake and we can run courses in almost all conditions.

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Porthmadog has a lit buoyed channel and good tidal flow for teaching in varied conditions.

Waterwise have long standing relationships with Seadoo and Honda, when purchasing a new Honda Outboard over 50hp you are entitled to a Level 2 Powerboat Course paid for by Honda.

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Offsite we can offer own boat tuition, safety boats and rib Charter in our 6.4m Coded Highfield RIB.

In 2021 we opened our classroom and office in Llanbedr Airfield where our Marine Support Unit is based.

The exam

The exam is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of the exam.