Once you have confirmed that the Taster Course is working, you can buy this online by clicking on buy now button, we will post out the VHF Handbook - First Class Mail, and email you access codes and password. Once you have completed the course give us a call to arrange the formal examintion; we can do this most days and evenings at our Airdrie Training Room.
More information about the Marine Radio Short Range Certificate Course and the 2014 changes
Please ensure you have donwloaded the Taster version and it is working before buying the FULL version of Course
The online SRC course and taster have the following minimum technical requirements:
Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G
1024 x 768 screen resolution - this must be available screen space (menu bars, docks or task bars may conceal part of the course window on smaller screens)
Microphone and speakers/headphones
Platform specific minimum requirements:
2008 models or above.
Intel processor OS X 10.5 or above.Some Macs running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) are unable to install the course. If you have this problem, consider updating to Mavericks (free upgrade). Note: upgrading to Mavericks may affect other applications already installed on your computer so please consider carefully whether you want to do this.
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
1 GHz (x86) processor 512 MB RAM
Quicktime (for viewing videos) available here.
Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution.
iOS 6 or above. Older generation iPads may have performance issues.
This new course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment. This includes those volunteering or working at recognised training centres and affiliated clubs
It provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness, put in the context of realistic scenarios that anyone could encounter at their club or centre.
From April 2015 onwards it will be a requirement for all newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors to complete prior to their instructor/coach training course.
This course is fully online and SPRmarine can provide it to whereever you are based.
Frequently asked questions
Who is required to take this course?
Newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors must take this course if their instructor course takes place after 1 April 2015.
Can anyone who isn't an instructor take this course?
Yes, anyone can take this course. It is useful for anyone involved in teaching or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults in an RYA environment such as a club or training centre.
Is it possible to take this course in a classroom instead of online?
No, this course is only available online. If you take it as part of your instructor training you will also complete a classroom workshop during the instructor course, but the course itself must be completed online.
How do I sign up for the course?
Click on link below, pay via PayPal and we will send you login details - within 24 hrs.
What devices are compatible with the course?
You can take the course on a PC, Mac or iPad, so long as you are connected to the internet.
How long is the course?
This course is equivalent to classroom training of approximately three hours. However, the benefit of learning online is that you can work through it at your own speed. It may take you more or less time than that.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certificate doesn't have a specific expiry date. However, your training centre, club or organisation should have a policy for ongoing staff training and ensuring that everyone is up to date. That may involve you taking the course again at regular intervals, or completing other relevant safeguarding training. Please check your own organisation's policy for details.
How much will the course cost?
RYA has asked us to keep this as low as possible - we have set the price as £10 as an introductory offer. If we keep this going as long as we can or until we feel the need to increase to cover our time.
I've already taken a different safeguarding course elsewhere. Can this be used instead of Safe and Fun for my instructor course?
The Safe and Fun course forms the basis of the safeguarding workshop that you will complete during your instructor course and puts safeguarding issues into context specifically for those instructing at RYA centres or clubs. It is therefore not possible to use other courses as alternative certification prior to your Instructor, Senior Instructor or Level 2 Racing Coach Course.
A one-day course for anyone who owns or wishes to use a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.
This can be done either attending a course or doing it online. We offer both solutions.
Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.