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.
A group of four of us booked our day skipper practical and theory through First Class Sailing. From the start to finish, they were friendly and professional, making the whole process a very enjoyable experience. Our instructor Graham, was excellent, he made us feel at ease from the moment we arrived at the boat for our first weekend and had a fantastic teaching style; we learnt so much whilst having great fun at the same time. The food supplied was good, boat was new, clean and in good condition. Would certainly use First Class again for any future courses and would recommend without hesitation.
First Class Sailing should be your only choice for embarking on any theoretical or practical learning experience you may require. Regardless of previous experience it is defiantly No1. Choice for getting the best start around your sailing experience requirements.
I have completed competent crew, theory/practice day skipper and VHF courses with First Class Sailing. All were conducted to the highest standard, with excellent very experienced instructors. Easy booking online, plus friendly and efficient office support when needed. Will use First Class Sailing again.