RYA Radar

About the course

At UKSA we run this one day course to not only provide you with the basic introduction to the use of radar, but also a more in depth knowledge that goes beyond the RYA syllabus.

Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, 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.

Course topics include:

  • how the radar set works
  • how its 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

At UKSA each student on this course will have there own dedicated work station featuring a chart table and radar simulator. Your instructor will cover all of the topics in the syllabus and provide you with additional information including the use of AIS (Automatic Identification System). At UKSA our training yachts use modern and sophisticate Ray marine Chirp Doppler Radar, your instructor will explain how this works and how to use it during this course. If you decide to complete a practical yachting course with us, you will have an experienced instructor who will be only too pleased to show you how to operate the onboard Radar in real life situations.

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