About The Course

Pembrokeshire Performance Sailing Academy - VHF online e-learning course award image.


This is the interactive course for the short Range Certificate (SRC) that allows the legal use of Marine VHF/DSC radios. The course is available on PC and MAC.

On successful completion of the interactive course, you will be given an individual ‘pass’ number that you will then provide for the practical assessment that must be taken at an RYA Shorebased Centre. It is hoped that you will be able to attend an assessment at PPSA at Dale in Pembrokeshire, details of dates for assessments are contained in the PPSA Calendar, although if you cannot find a date to suit you, please get in touch and the assessment team will endeavour to find a date to suit you.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)
  • The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test.


The assessment comprises of a 30 min theory paper and a 30 min practical assessment. On succesful completion, your licence applicaiton will be sent to be processed by the RYA. The assessment and licence applicaiton will cost a further £60. Therefore, cost for the entire process will be £130.

You can see more about the course in this short video

RYA Course Taster

It’s also recommended that you try the ‘taster’ course before you purchase the full course click or copy and paste the following link to your web browser


As part of the course you will receive the VHF Handbook (G31) and a VHF/DSC licence application form which you must bring with you to the Assessment, you will also require a passport sized photo of yourself.

Assumed Knowledge

None, however you must be 16 years old or older.


This is an online course that will last a minimum of 10 hours plus an exam at PPSA.

On Completion

Able to operate a marine radio and know the procedures required to use it.

Course Dates

The study section of this DSC SRC/VHF course is taken online at a time and pace to suit you.

After completing the online study part of the course you will need to sign up to one of our VHF exam dates below to complete the written paper and practical testing.

No Events
Date/Time Event Book

Course Material


PPSA is located within the Llanion Cove Complex that has close to 80 bedspaces.

The accommodation is largly self-catering although there is a cafe and bar on site and is bunk house in style.  We can can arrange accommodation at Llanion Cove whilst you are on your course or underaking on water experiences for a small additional charge.

The Cove is located close to Pembroke Dock, adjacent to the Cleddau Estuary and is an ideal location from which to explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park, particularly in the Year of the Sea #FindYourEpic.

The Cleddau Estuary and local area boasts a vast array of visitor and historical attractions, from Pembroke Castle, the home of Henry VII to the nature reserves around the county.

PPSA is located right in the middle of this great county and it’s historic and beautiful countryside.  Please get in touch with the centre for more information and to check availability


RYA Membership

Join the RYA online today

Become a member of the Royal Yachting Association, our national governing body, just click the banner to find out more and sign up. Your membership will keep you informed and up to date on everything to do with sailing and powerboating both in the UK and further afield. Membership supports the improvement and development of the national boating programs in which you are taking part. You’ll also gain access to lots of great deals through the RYA.