“A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.” from the RYA website.
Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have it, you must know how to use it.
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. It is not an all-seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its picture.
The RYA course teaches students to use small boat Radar to assist decision-making in navigation, pilotage and collision avoidance.
Course topics include:
- how the radar set works
- how its adjustments and features affect the way it works
- target definition
- limitation of passive reflectors
- types displays
- navigation and collision avoidance
The course is taught over 6-8 hours with no exam. This is a one day course only, typically offered on a Saturday but can be scheduled so as to meet student timeframes. Discounts of up to 15% apply for groups of 3 or more.