DAYS: 1 day classroom course


LEVEL: Intermediate

SETTING: Classroom

LOCATION: Netherlands

COST * € 350,-

RYA Coastal : Yachtmaster Theory


  • All course materials included
  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Exercises
  • Examfee
  • Professional Expert Instructor
  • RYA SRC Examiner


Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.

What you will learn

  • The basics of VHF radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)


RYA SRC GMDSS Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA Day Skipper practical Certificate


The RYA VHF / Short Range Certificate (SRC) course Radio Classroom Course offered by Driven by Nature is a comprehensive program designed for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. It’s an essential course for those needing the Short Range Certificate (SRC), a legal requirement for operating a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on Dutch and British vessels equipped with a radio.

Key Aspects of the Course:

Importance of VHF Radio: A VHF radio is crucial for onboard safety, and understanding the correct procedures is vital for effective communication and emergency responses.

Course Structure: Driven by Nature offers regular 1-day classroom courses, which are both fun and interactive, concluding with an exam at the end of the teaching session.

Hands-On Experience: The classroom sessions provide opportunities to practice with a variety of training radios, enhancing confidence in using the radio onboard. Other safety equipment, such as EPIRB and PLB, are also covered.

Interactive Learning Environment: The small class sizes, with a maximum 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio, ensure personalized attention, allowing students to engage fully and clarify any doubts about radio operations.

Exam Format: The exam includes a multiple-choice paper and practical radio scenarios, typically starting around 17:00.

The day itinerary for the RYA VHF Radio SRC (Short Range Certificate) course typically follows a structured schedule, ensuring that participants receive comprehensive training and are well-prepared for the exam at the end of the day. Here’s a general outline of what the day might look like:

Morning Session:
– 08:30 – Arrival and Introduction
– Welcome and course overview
– Introduction to VHF Radio communications

– 09:00 – Basic Concepts and Equipment Overview
– Understanding VHF radio operations
– Introduction to various marine radios

– 10:00 – Coffee Break

– 10:15 – Practical Training Begins
– Hands-on practice with training radios
– Understanding and using the phonetic alphabet
– Channel allocations and proper use

– 13:00 – Advanced Operations and Safety Procedures
– Learning about Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
– Emergency procedures and distress calls
– Understanding and using EPIRB and PLB

– 14:30 – Review and Preparation for Exam
– Review of key concepts
– Q&A session
– Exam preparation tips

– 15:30 – Coffee Break

– 15:45 – Final Practice and Exam Preparation
– Last-minute practical exercises
– Clarifying any remaining doubts

– 17:00 – Examination
– Multiple-choice paper
– Practical radio scenarios

End of Course:
– 18:30 (Approximately) – Course Wrap-Up**
– Debriefing
– Distribution of certificates to successful candidates
– Feedback and next steps

Please note, this is a general schedule and actual timings may vary slightly depending on the specific course and training center. It’s always a good idea to check with the specific course provider for the exact schedule.

The road to RYA Yachtmaster

Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!

Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.

Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.

Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.

Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.

Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.

Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.

Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!