RYA VHF Radio Course (On-line)

The RYA VHF Radio Online Course can be taken on your PC, Mac or iPad letting you learn at your own pace in your own time anywhere worldwide.

This course is for anyone who owns a Marine VHF Fixed or Handheld set. The Marine VHF Radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard, understanding the correct procedures when operating the VHF Radio is vital and could save you or your crews’ lives.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control or operate the VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged leisure vessels voluntarily fitted with a fixed or handheld Marine VHF Radio.

IMPORTANT: Although the RYA VHF licence is recognized in many countries it’s not recognized in Hong Kong by OFCA.  Hong Kong have their own local VHF certification so this licence can not be used in Hong Kong to register a VHF radio or get an MMSI number.  If you have a need to use a VHF radio in Hong Kong then we recommend you attend a local radio course such as those supplied by the RHKYC.  This RYA course it primarily made available for those who wish to charter a yacht in countries outside of Hong Kong that mandate the need for a VHF licence (e.g. most Mediterranean countries) and doing the Hong Kong licence is not practical due to your circumstances.

Course overview: Course Overview

To get a taster for this online course click here: Online Course Taster

Please note that this page is only for the VHF online course only and the VHF practical exam is purchased separately (about HKD1,000).  We don’t currently provide this exam, but we can direct you to a local RYA examiner in Hong Kong where you can take your exam.

Pre-course Practical Requirements:None.
Pre-course Theory Requirements:None.
Course duration:10hrs
Minimum age:16
What’s Included:VHF Handbook (G31) + On-line course login detials
Cost:HKD 1,500
Exam:When you have completed the on-line course and done some practice you should be ready to take the oral exam. When ready contact us to arrange an exam date.

Please note that the above price does not include the oral exam fee (the exam fee is about HKD400 and is paid directly to the RYA on application)

Award:RYA Radio Licence (IMPORTANT: This licence is NOT recognized by OFCA (Hong Kong radio licence authority). Outside of Hong Kong it is recognized world wide.

Once you have purchased the course we will send you a course book by post.  You will also receive by email your course joining instructions and a username/password.

The course is compatible with PC, Mac and iPads.  You will get plenty of realistic practice using the inbuilt interactive VHF DSC Radio Simulator to make Routine, Urgency, Safety and Distress digital selective calls before you are tested at a RYA Training Centre for the final practical examination.

About Marine Radio:

  • How the Radio works
  • Using the Radio
  • Distress Calling
  • Urgency and Safety Calling
  • Rules and Licensing
  • Interactive VHF DSC Radio Simulator practice scenarios

The Online RYA VHF Radio course will also come with a Marine Radio Simulator inbuilt so you can practise using the Marine VHF Radio interactively.

  • A good internet connection WI-FI or 3G 4G Charges may apply 3G/4G
  • Screen resolution 1024 x 768
  • Microphone, speakers or headset
  • Platform minimum requirements:
  • MAC 2008 models or above, Intel processor, OS X10.7 (Lion) or Higher
  • PC- Windows Vista 32-bit, Service Pack 2, 1GHz 32 bit (x86) processor, 512MB RAM, Sound card
  • Also now available on iPads

Once the course has been downloaded onto your computer or iPad, you can take the course modules offline. You will need to return online to take Part 2 the pre-exam knowledge check by returning to the RYA online course page via this link RYA Online website

Once you have successfully completed the VHF course you will receive an SRC Exam eligibility and report card.

You can then take this report card to any RYA VHF practical exam center to complete the VHF oral exam.

You will be required to bring along a passport photograph the the exam center.


Click the course below to access the booking page.

This course is available all year.