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RYA Radar

1 day: £144.00

The RYA Radar Training course is a one day entry level course 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.

Course topics include how the radar set works, how it adjustments and features affect the way it works, target definition, radar reflectors, types of radar display, radar plotting, the use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance.

Be aware that the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have radar, you must know how to use it.

RYA G34 An Introduction to Radar is available to purchase from our office if you wish to read this before your course.

At the end of your course you will be awarded an RYA Radar course certificate.


Suggested Previous Experience


Course Content

The course willl 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.



31 October '17Places


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 discrimintation

Spot size, pulse length and beam width; target characteristics, size, shape, material; false echoes; shadow sectors, shadow diagram

Radar reflectors

Passive and active

Types of radar display

Azimuth stabilization

Radar plotting

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


East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com