Just as every driver needs a license to drive a car, operators of marine radios also require a license. The person operating VHF radio system sailing in GMDSS Sea Area A1 must be qualified to a minimum standard. This standard is the GMDSS SRC (Short Range Certificate).

The SRC course is divided in several chapters. The first one covers the basis of GMDSS, while all other chapters cover the theory and practice for the equipment required for GMDSS Sea Area A1. These are:

  • VHF radio (Very High Frequency radio),
  • NAVTEX receiver (NAVigational TELex receiver),
  • EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon),
  • SART (Search And Rescue [Radar] Transponder),
  • Technique (Power supply to the above equipments).

Each chapter has a quiz to enable students to assess their new knowledge.

The SRC course also contains the glossary. Entries in the glossary are available throughout the SRC course by clicking on the linked word(s), for example GMDSS.

The SRC course is also supported by two simulators:

  • VHF DSC radio simulator and
  • NAVTEX receiver simulator.

The simulators will be launched automatically in separate web browser window while progressing through the course. However, there is the option for them to be launched at anytime from the "Jump to" function in top-right and bottom-right corners or from "GMDSS >> SRC Topic outline" web page.

The aim of simulator is to put a learner into an active role. The simulators are available in separate browser window so that learners can attend the SRC course in one web browser window, and practice on the simulator in another web browser window. Thus, learners can practice and verify their knowledge on simulators without SRC course interruption.

Last modified: Saturday, 25 April 2020, 7:50 PM