RYA Training at the IBTC Lowestoft

RYA Theory Courses

The International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft is a recognised RYA Training Centre and is certified to provide training and certification in the following shore based RYA theory courses. We operate all year, and many of the courses are available as evening and weekend classes.

Please contact us for further information.

  • Essential Navigation and Seamanship

  • Day Skipper Theory

  • Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

  • RYA Diesel Engine

  • Marine Radio VHF/DSC

  • First Aid (Classroom)

  • Radar (Classroom)

RYA VHF Radio Course

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

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.

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 communication
  • 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 and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

The SRC course will be taken in our classroom which is an RYA recognised training centre.

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. To upgrade a Restricted VHF licence to a GMDSS Short Range Certificate you should contact us to discuss the update training required and to organise a SRC examination.

RYA VHF One Day Course Dates
Saturday – One day intensive April 1st 2017
Saturday – One day intensive July 1st 2017
Saturday – One day intensive August 5th 2017
Saturday – One day intensive November 4th 2017
Saturday – One day intensive December 2nd 2017
*Excludes RYA examiners fee of £60 for certification.

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