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RYA VHF Radio Course

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The RYA VHF Radio Course is vital and goes hand in hand with courses like PB2 and Day Skipper. VHF also become a requirement when pursuing more advanced courses like yachtmasters.


Course Description

The RYA VHF Radio course covers  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)

  • 1 Day (10 hrs – course material supplied prior to course as some self study is required)
  • Classes at V&A, Waterfront. Cape Town, South Africa.
  • RYA VHF license upon successful completion of exam (exam fee payable to the RYA: £60.00)

*this license is not for local waters and ICASA exam is necessary for those wishing to have acceptable radio licenses for use in South Africa.

Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.

For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.

THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am

STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am

STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy


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