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Old 24 November 2013, 03:13   #51
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.....You can either do online course and then come into a RYA training centre for a morning of further tuition and then after lunch take exam that now has a both a wriiten and practical sections, or take a 2 day course at the training centre for those who don`t like the internet method.
I think you have missed something here, there is no compulsion for centres to make the course 2 days. Its 3 hours of guided pre reading, minimum of 7 hours of tuition and a 30-60 minute SRC exam.


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So why does the Rya offer a watered down course for radio operation, then wonder why it isn't accepted by other European states. The restricted operators certificate(ROC) is 4-5 days or the GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (GOC) 8 days are both accepted world wide.
Every European country offers a SRC, ROC, LRC and GOC. It is not a case of the RYA offering a watered down version, its run in most European countries. The 4-5 day ROC covers how to us Class A equipment, the 8 day GOC covers satellite and long range communications. The SRC Course covers VHF/DSC use for Class D users. It would seem you are advocating the 4 plus day course that covers equipment most Ribbers will never come across in preference to the SRC course which covers the equipment they have on board?

What most countries do not have is an online version of the SRC course yet.


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Actually my biggest criticism of the (existing) training was that it focussed far too much on the stuff you mention and not enough on the 'value' that VHF could bring to my everyday boating.

I wonder if anyone will use the 1.5 days VHF and add in another 0.5 day of wider "safety" stuff? Many people don't have a liferaft, and aren't planning long offshore cruises so the full sea survival course might be overkill but added to the VHF course you could cover a wider range of safety stuff that would be useful to many.
In reality most centre will add together whatever you want if you pay for their time and they have the appropriate skill set internally, however at Stormforce Coaching we will NOT be offering a 1.5 day course we will stick to the one day SRC course.

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Here are some of the features of modern VHF/DSC that I'd like to have been covered. I did ask the instructor but other than acknowledging that "some radios have those capabilities" he didn't seem to know:

- position polling: one of the more common routine radio calls between vessels is to try and meet up / find each other. Position polling can help.

- group calling.......reporting in with passage plans......when I should be calling VTS......or hear on a listening watch that might be useful...........VHF weather forecasts.......broadcasts which are routinely made.
Poly, all of these items are included in the current course and will be in the new SRC online course



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Maybe it was mentioned but as it is 2 days will it become double to cost as well ?
It is up to individual centres what they charge. The RYA fee of 30 is going up to 60 to cover the cost of the SRC exam. Our centre currently charges 99 for the day, from 2014 this will go up slightly as there are new costs associated with the course (a new handbook, co ordinating an assessor etc). However we will not be doubling the cost (or anything like that). We have priced online SRC course at the same price.
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Old 24 November 2013, 03:36   #52
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The requirement is 10 hours minimum
So online and arrange your exam or a blend of 3 hours online followed by classroom teaching followed by exam
Or classroom 10 hours followed by exam.
Agree with Doug it's never been 2days or 1.5 days it's 10 hours minimum training plus exam 60 minutes for written paper and practical assessment
Exam fee is set by the RYA 60 the course fee is set by the centre.
Our fee will be 100 this includes your handbook G30 so only a small rise to cover the book and postage as I hope most schools will do ,and not use this as an excuse to ramp up the prices .
It will still be part of our special offers buy one get the second half price

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Old 26 November 2013, 07:18   #53
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I recently did my VHF course and I was so impressed with how much I enjoyed it. 1 day it was great. 2 days hmm? I do advise to get it done if you have not!

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If you are not so lucky to live near the coast to do this course, I have a contact that can do the new VHF radio course in Bedfordshire/Northampton area.
RYA school & approved, 60 for the course over 1 rather long day, (previous online studying I believe before the day also) plus 60 for certification. Have used these people for some of our members.
The centre has to have an outside assessor come in now, hence the increase in charges.
2 dates available at moment. Sunday 16th feb & Sunday 18th May 2014

And no, I'm not on commission!!! (yet?) lol
If you live not too far away, you'll save money on travelling/accommodation?
Contact me for details, cheers-John
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If you are not so lucky to live near the coast to do this course, I have a contact that can do the new VHF radio course in Bedfordshire/Northampton area.

RYA school & approved, 60 for the course over 1 rather long day, (previous online studying I believe before the day also) plus 60 for certification. Have used these people for some of our members.
The centre has to have an outside assessor come in now, hence the increase in charges.
2 dates available at moment. Sunday 16th feb & Sunday 18th May 2014

And no, I'm not on commission!!! (yet?) lol
If you live not too far away, you'll save money on travelling/accommodation?
Contact me for details, cheers-John
As previous companys have stated, the two day course does NOT need to be the Norm.

We (SPRmarine) can offer this course on a 1 day course as well as online -

We have decided to limit 1 day courses to Max of 4 , to give more time to each student and make sure each student have there own training radio to use for duration of course.

The examiner can only exam at 4 people at a time, and each student needs a radio during the examine too... we will still be running these on demand and relatively short notice....(a Group 4 will take around 2 1/2 hrs to examine )

More information: RYA SRC VHF Radio Courses - Jan 2014 Updates - RYA Training Courses - Laser Flares

Our prices also include lunch, the VHF Handbook (13.99) as well as refreshments through out the course.

If you do a course with us and need a refresher, you can sit in another course subject places for small fee to cover Lunch & Refreshments.

and/Or if you buy & collect any Icom Radio from us we will do a 1 hr tutorial free of charge .


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