GMDSS VHF DSC Marine Radio Training

    All users of marine radio equipment are required by law to hold an  operator qualification (licence).  The GMDSS SRC (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System - Short Range Certificate) is a one day course followed by an examination and assessment period up to a maximum of four hours held on a second day.

    The SRC allows the holder to use Class D digital selective calling (DSC) marine VHF radio equipment.  The course also covers the use of other GMDSS related equipment such as NAVTEX receivers, EPIRB’s and SART’s.The course is conducted in a user friendly way with practical training using ICOM marine DSC transceivers.  Candidates interested in attending a course and examination will be supplied with a course training pack prior to the course for home study.  The only other requirement is a good working knowledge of the international phonetic alphabet.Your course instructor will be Colin Topping or Simon Ward.  Both Colin and Simon started sailing at a very early age leading to careers at sea in the Royal Navy.  Simon was also a Coastguard Watch Officer and Colin has held an amateur radio licence since the age of fourteen and is a frequent contributor to various radio communications publications. 

    Colin and Simon take turns at running courses with the other acting as the assessor / examiner.  Simon is also qualified to teach the shore based Yachtmaster, Diesel and RADAR courses, for more information on these and the radio course, please contact Colin on  07871959654  or email  radio(at)  The GMDSS Short Range Certificate is an internationally recognised marine radio operator qualification and in some cases allows radio operation on commercial vessels up to 300 GT.  Please note that in order to reduce spam, none of the addresses on this site are hyperlinked.