Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) Course

Officer of the Watch Navigation and Radar Course

This course includes sections on the Collision Regulations, Chart Work, Buoyage, Electronic Navigation Aids, ECDIS, AIS, Radar and ARPA.

In 2023 UKSA had the highest exam pass rate for Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) at 69.6%.  The average worldwide pass rate was 66.2%.
source IAMI Yacht Deck System (YDES)


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About the course

The OOW Navigation course is taught Monday to Friday for the duration of three weeks. The first two weeks are classroom based and in the first week you will cover all the required principles for chartwork, secondary port tidal calculations and radar plotting. The second week focuses on theory based subjects such as Radar and ARPA principles – operation and use, AIS, GPS, bridge and watchkeeping procedures, voyage planning and rules of the road. You will also have guided mock exams throughout the second week in preparation for your IAMI exam at the end of this module.

The third week will see practical use of your skills set in a simulator environment where rules of the road, watchkeeping and bridge procedures in varying conditions will be both taught and assessed continuously.

We understand that this is probably the most difficult exam that you will undertake en route to gaining your MCA license, but rest assured our experienced instructors are aware of exactly what it takes to guide you through the syllabus and be as prepared as possible for the exam.


15 days (Monday to Friday)

What’s included?

The classroom and simulator based Navigation and Radar (OOW Yacht) course is an all-inclusive course, which can be carried out on either a residential or non-residential basis. For the residential course, the cost includes all food and accommodation (including weekends). For non-residential learners, the cost includes lunch.

Examination & assessment

Navigation and Radar (OOW Yacht) course assessment consists of a 2.5 hour theory paper. A 60% mark is required to pass the examination.

Navigation and Radar is not a course that you can just turn up for and pass easily, it’s a tough exam. The more that you put in in terms of pre-course study and hours when you are here, the more you will get out of the course – and you will have given yourself the best chance of passing that exam.  What is guaranteed, is that we will do everything we can to help you get there.


The examination consists of a 2.5 hour paper in two parts. A 60% mark in each part is required to pass the examination.

Please note:

All modules have a ‘life’ of three years.

What’s included

  • Duration – 3 weeks (Monday-Friday)
  • Inclusive of all food & accommodation
  • Inclusive of lunch

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 08/07/2024 26/07/2024 £2,610 £3,600
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 23/09/2024 11/10/2024 £2,610 £3,600
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 07/10/2024 25/10/2024 £2,610 £3,600
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 21/10/2024 08/11/2024 £2,610 £3,600
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 18/11/2024 06/12/2024 £2,610 £3,600
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 06/01/2025 24/01/2025 £3,110 £4,100
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) 27/01/2025 14/02/2025 £3,110 £4,100

Don’t just take our word for it

Oliver – UKSA Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts) student

“Great method for teaching and it worked well on zoom learning celestial through this method. We had a very knowledgeable instructor who made the course enjoyable and a good learning experience.”

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