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about this course

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) course is designed to impart understanding of the short range (VHF) section of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) as well as its sub-systems. It places particular emphasis on utilisation of the VHF radiotelephone and DSC services during distress, urgency, safety and routine communications.

The course seeks to provide techniques employed to circumvent inadvertent transmissions of distress alerts as well as procedures in place designed to mitigating the effects of inevitable transmission of such alerts.


In order to enrol on the Short Range Course, learners should be 18 years of age or older.

Good working knowledge of English (as a second language) is a prerequisite.

The course scope requires minimal insight into maritime radio communication practices.

Elementary computer skills will be an advantage to learners since practical training is computer based but such skills are by no means a prerequisite.

Additional Information

Competence will be evaluated on continuous assessment and on completion of each module of the course candidates will be issued with a certificate which will be numbered for reference.

A minimum of 6 candidates are required and the course fee includes refreshments, notes and sundry materials, a light lunch, and transport to and from practical training exercises.

Candidates are to bring along their ID/Passport and valid medical fitness certificate on the 1st day of the course.

All candidates must be conversant and literate in English.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, candidates should be able to demonstrate the following competencies::

  1. Knowledge of the basic features of the Maritime Mobile Services.
  2. Detailed practical knowledge and ability to use the basic VHF ship station equipment.
  3. Detailed practical knowledge and ability to use the GMDSS VHF system and sub systems.
  4. Miscellaneous skills and operational procedures for general communication.

Course Duration

The course is scheduled for a total of three (3) days. The theoretical and practical assessments are done on the third day. Rewrites of the failed papers would then be undertaken on the next day.

Each day of instruction is divided into four (4) hours of theory and four (4) hours of practical tuition, which makes a total of eight (8) hours per day. Since the course is scheduled for three (3) days, a total of 12 hours would be spent on theory and another 12 hours on practical sessions.

During each practical session learners are given individual attention and hands-on training in operating the equipment. This includes coaching procedures on application of regulations as well as statutes governing maritime communication.

Furthermore, the facilitator avails himself from 16:00 until 18:00 for tutorial sessions with learners who experience challenges in comprehending concepts and procedures.

Scope of the Course

In line with the requirements of the STCW Convention and the Code, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) lists the mandatory minimum training requirements for seafarers.

The content of this course covers the requirements for GMDSS Short Range training based on the contents of the Radio Regulations.

Furthermore, the SRC course is based on the syllabus contained in the South African Maritime Qualifications Code (SAMSA Code) for the GMDSS Short Range Course (GOP-540.02).

Course Fee Information

Course fees are quoted in South African Rands, and are subject to increase without notice when circumstances or related services for costs change. Please enquire as to the correct fee at the time of the booking. All bookings made in advance will not attract additional costs.

Course fees are not refundable and certifications are only issued once all course fees are paid in full. Kindly note that we do not accept cheques, only cash or electronic transfers.