Marine Radio Operator's Certificate
Radio course for offshore yachtsmen and sailors.

The Long Range Certificate covers VHF, MF/HF (SSB) and Satellite communications and is a higher level GMDSS certificate to RYA Short Range Certificate.
Long Range Certificate is issued by AMERC on behalf of the MCA and a must for anyone planning to spend time at sea.
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GMDSS Long Range Certificate (LRC) covers

  • DistressMarine MF/HF (SSB) & VHF radio
  • Digital Selective Calling
  • Radio procedures - routine, urgency and distress communications
  • Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts
  • Maritime radio services
  • Radio propagation, antennas and wavelengths
  • Radio maintenance - daily, weekly and monthly checks
  • Radio regulations and legal requirements
  • Satellite communications - Inmarsat C & fleet 77

Who should attend this course:-

sailing yacht
  • Anyone planning to sail further than 50 miles off-shore
  • Blue Water sailors
  • Ocean Yachtmaster
  • Yachtsmen taking part in ocean yacht rallies.
  • World Cruising Club
  • Oyster World Rally
  • Blue Water Rally
  • Odyssey rallies
  • Skippers taking part in ocean races
  • Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
  • Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • World ocean racing
  • Commercial yachts
  • Workboats
  • Pilot boats

Flexible course dates with 2 day or 4 day option

with exam on the last day

Long Range Certificate course over 2 days.
Please only consider doing the two day LRC on-line course if you can do the following:-

  • Be prepared to complete ALL the on-line study.
    • Usually takes 15 to 20 hours.
    • Allow several days to complete the on-line study.
  • You have very good Internet access.
  • You can attend our training studio near Southampton for 2 days.
 Start DateFinish dateCourse CostExam fee 
13th September, 2017 14th September, 2017£340.00£140. 0

2nd October, 2017 3rd October, 2017£340.00£140. 0

20th November, 2017 21st November, 2017£340.00£140. 0

4th December, 2017 5th December, 2017£340.00£140. 0

LRC course over 4 days:
Four day LRC course with exam at our training studio near Southampton with access to our pre-course on-line study.
 Start DateFinish dateCourse CostExam fee 
11th September, 2017 14th September, 2017£ 420.00£140.00

30th September, 2017 3rd October, 2017£ 420.00£140.00

18th November, 2017 21st November, 2017£ 420.00£140.00

2nd December, 2017 5th December, 2017£ 420.00£140.00

Group and Individual tuition available by arrangement.

About the Long Range Certificate

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Long Range Certificate is a higher level certificate to the RYA Short Range Certificate and allows you to operate on any marine MF/HF/VHF frequency/channel and Inmarsat satellite from on-board your yacht.
We keep the technical stuff to a minimum and concentrate on the practical use of equipment. Knowledge of Morse code is not required.

The GMDSS Long Range Certificate is an ideal course for skippers of non-SOLAS vessels, commercially endorsed yachtsman or off-shore and ocean leisure sailor looking at blue water sailing.

NOTE: The Long Range Certificate covers both VHF and MF/HF (SSB).
If you hold a Long Range Certificate you do NOT have to have an RYA Short Range Certificate!

The agenda for each day is as follows:-

Coffee/Tea is served from 08:30 with the course starting at 09:00 and plan to finish around 17:00.
Comfort breaks are around 10:30 and 15:00 with a 45 minute lunch break between 12:45 and 13:30.
Lunch is not provided, however there is local convenient store 100 metres away.

  • Day 1 - Radio propagation, frequencies, SSB and VHF operation, GMDSS, Navtex, EPIRB, SART, weatherfax and email
  • Day 2 - Digital Selective Calling (DSC), radio regulations, radio procedures, Inmarsat Satellite & EGC SafetyNET.
  • Day 3 - Practical use of equipment including GMDSS procedures, radio telephone group exercise and mock exams.
  • Day 4 - Revision, course conclusion and exam.

YachtCom has a wide range of equipment:-

  • Marine MH/HF (SSB) transceiver -Icom M801E and M710
  • Marine VHF transceivers - Icom M601, M323
  • ICOM IC-M623 VHF transceiver
  • ICS Electronics DSC2 DSC class 'A' DSC unit
  • NASA NAVTEX receiver
  • EPIRB and SART
  • Inmarast-C simulator

About the Exam:-

  • The certificate is issued by Radio Colleges (AMERC) on behalf of the MCA
  • The exam is in 4 parts and is independently examined on the final day at YachtCom's training studio.
  • Prerequisites: Candidates must be 16 or over to obtain certificate.
  • At YachtCom we have a maximum of 6 students per course/exam.


Customer feedback

Jon Herod said: "Thanks for an interesting and informative day Bob. I'll certainly be back to you for the LRC in the future."

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Student Numbers

Student numbers are kept to a maximum of 6 students per course, so early booking is advised.

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) radio course for offshore yachtsmen.

To enroll onto the YachtCom GMDSS/SOLAS Long Range Certificate course

Phone: 07840 341 497
Overseas: 00 44 7840 341 497
Email Address - click here!

10% of LRC and RYA Radar courses

Payment can be made over the phone by all major debit and credit cards.

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