Radar is a fantastic aid to navigation and collision avoidance tool. If you know what you are doing with it!
During the Covid 19 pandemic we are offering an INSTRUCTOR LED ONLINE Day Skipper course on Zoom. You can see the instructor, ask him questions, see your fellow students, see the whiteboard and any slides the instructor shows. It's just like being in the classroom apart from you are sat in the comfort of your own home. Click the dates and availability button for more details.
Student Instructor Ratio - 5:1. There will be a maximum of 5 students to 1 instructor on this course. The RYA allow us to take a higher number of students but this lower number allows for more focused and intensive instruction.
This 1 day course helps you to understand radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.
Almost all cruising boats now have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea broadly state that if you have a radar you must know how to use it. The RYA Radar Course will give you a good understanding of how the radar works and 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 correctly.
The course will be taught on Zoom, materials are couriered to your door before the course.
The RYA Radar Course teaches the theoretical basics, the controls and benefits of operating a radar, with an RYA Certificate being earned at the end of it.
The RYA and the MCA stress the importance of those operating boats with Radar fitted, to know how to use it properly and to do so in all appropriate conditions, not just in fog.
Importantly the Collision Regulations say: Rule 7. Risk of collision. Vessels must use all available means to determine the risk of a collision, including the use of radar (if available) to get early warning of the risk of collision by radar plotting or equivalent systematic observation of detected objects. (e.g. ARPA, AIS).
If you are looking to achieve the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications you will need basic Radar knowledge. The examiner will likely ask you questions on the day. This course would be a good way to prepare and is highly recommended.
The RYA Radar course will start at 9am and end around 5pm.
RYA Radar Course topics include:
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