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1 day: £144.00
This RYA Radar Training course is a 1 day entry level course, which will enable you to operate Radar equipment on board a vessel.
Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board which is no surprise as it 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.
'RYA G34 An Introduction to Radar' is available to purchase from our office if you wish to read this before your course.
Suggested Previous Experience
The course will give you an understanding of the use of radar in small boats as an aid to navigation and for collision avoidance.
The course will be conducted both in our classroom and on one of our highly equipped boats.
An intensive one day course
RYA Radar Course Certificate
Basic understanding of radar wave propagation
Conditions giving rise to abnormal propagation
Radar set components
Function and correct use of controls; correct setting up procedure.
Target definition and discrimination
Spot size, pulse length and beam width; target characteristics, size, shape, material; false echoes; shadow sectors, shadow diagram
Passive and active
Types of radar display
The use of radar to avoid a close quarter situation; appreciation of IRPCS, action to be taken in reduced visibility; general precautions and action to be taken in fog.
Use of radar as an aid to navigation
Radar-conscious targets, need for positive identification; parallel indexing (if provided).
Accuracy in range and bearing
PPI distortion; non-linearity; heading marker alignment; checking accuracy of VRM, EBL etc.
General safety precautions in using equipment