Originally Posted by Duggy
Question - do you have to have taken the RYA course to use one?
a marine VHF legally you must either:
- have the relevant operators certificate (RYA course and exam). OR
- be supervised by someone who has that. OR
- be in an emergency. OR
- be using a private channel.
The radio itself (or more accurately the boat) should also be registered FOC via the Ofcom website.
Some people take the view that the cost, or the time to take the course are not worth it and they will only use it in an emergency. A VHF has more to offer than just a "999" service. Even as an emergency tool it is probably useful if you have never used one before to work through the process of making distress calls etc, so if you ever need to it is less of a panic.