Many people find the use of a radio somewhat daunting, particularly once they realise everyone can “listen in”. This course is delivered by a relaxed and encouraging instructor who will put students at ease. Premier Sailing use real radios and have many real-life examples and scenarios to help you with safe and efficient operation of the equipment. We teach the language to use and procedural requirements, coupled with lots of practice.
A VHF radio is an essential piece of safety equipment and it is vital to understand the correct procedures which will be covered in this course.
To get the GMDSS VHF Radio Licence, (Short Range Certificate (SRC) you must successfully complete the one-day classroom-based course AND then take a separate, classroom-based written and practical assessment (both usually done at the same venue on the same day).
A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio.
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.
You will need to bring a passport photograph and proof of pre-payment for the VHF assessment/licence application. This is done online direct with the RYA and details will be included in the joining instructions. The RYA fee is £60 and paying it online saves the RYA the VAT. You will also need to bring the RYA VHF Handbook which will have been sent to you prior to the course.
An excellent outfit, well equipped with good boats and brilliant instructors, that is small enough to give a warm personal service but big enough to cope with the full gamut of yachting experiences.
Hi Colin Thanks for sharing this picture :-) Let me say once again what a pleasure was meeting you. I felt you were genuinely interested in our success and learning and treated us as friends rather than customers. Thank you All the best with sailing and life, I’m sure our path will cross again soon Stefano - Yachtmaster Offshore Candidate
Evening Colin and Jan, Thanks again for a wonderful long weekend. I thought that the following testimonial might be better than the words that I used on the feedback form; I’ve now had time to reflect on why I enjoyed learning with you guys so much. “Having now successfully completed it Day Skipper Theory and Practical with Premier Sailing, I would like to say a big thank you to Colin, Jan and the team. What I particularly liked about Premier Sailing was the friendliness, flexibility and support given both to me and other students on the two courses - theory through evening sessions in Chelmsford; Practical in Fambridge, Burnham, Ipswich and Shotley. The flexible nature of the courses was particularly helpful, e.g. allowing me to be join in with a weekend module when a previously booked appointment meant that I would otherwise miss my normal Monday evening session. I now look forward to joining one of the forthcoming trips and having even more fun when we return from holiday.
Dear Colin and Jan, Thank you for forwarding the photos. I also wanted to thank you for a fantastically well organised sailing week in a beautiful location. The peace and calm is such a contrast to sailing on the south coast. The sighting of over forty seals on a sand bank was a real highlight. The instruction was clear, informed and very supportive. I particularly appreciated, as a competent crew trainee, the trust placed in me to try all the tactics expected of the yacht masters. We had a good humoured team on board, many laughs and everyone pulled their weight. Your commitment to deliver an excellent experience was underlined by the provision of very good fresh food with our instructor magically transforming into chef in between imparting sailing skills. I wish you and your family all the best and hope to see you again once I have mastered some theory and quite a few knots.