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1 day
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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This one day course introduces you to the operation of small boat Radar, to assist your decision making in navigation and collision avoidance. Essential training for anyone working on a coded vessel fitted with Radar.

The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a Radar, you must know how to use it and this course does just that. You will learn how to use your radar set, understand what the modern radar systems can do. Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly.

A knowledge of Radar is required for for anybody looking to take their RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence


RYA course pack and publications.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
07/10/2018 07/10/2018 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Price £100
Full payment needed
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
04/11/2018 04/11/2018 Cowes, Isle of Wight Available
Price £100
Full payment needed
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There is no pre-requisite knowledge required for this course but you should have an understanding of basic navigation techniques

Full itinerary

The course is classroom based using our Radar simulators. During the day you will cover the

The syllabus

  • Switching on and adjusting brilliance, contrast, gain, range and tuning
  • How to use the sea clutter and rain clutter controls to suit the prevailing conditions
  • Head up and North up display, advantages and disadvantages
  • Understanding what you see on the radar screen
  • Differences between X and S band radars
  • Radar reflectors
  • Fixing your position using Radar
  • Plot vessels position using VRM and EBL
  • Understanding relative motion
  • Collision avoidance, IRPCS collision regulations
  • How to do a radar plot to confirm CPA, course and speed
  • How to use automatic Radar plotting aids (ARPA & MARPA)
  • Simulated exercises

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