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. Theory is covered in the first 10 days, concluding with a written examination. The third week’s training takes place in our simulator suite. Simulator suite is a valuable learning environment for improving your navigational skills. Here you can practice your command skills, navigate all weathers and learn about radar systems. This practical part of the course is subject to continuous assessment.

Prerequisite experience:

  • At least RYA Yachtmaster certificate, together with the corresponding RYA Yachtmaster shorebased certificate
  • Plus STCW Basic Training.


  • 3 weeks (Monday – Friday)

Training towards:

Examination and assessment:

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.

Students in the navigation simulator suite

Navigation and Radar Terms

An explanation of some of the acronyms used on this page.

  • ECDIS: An electronic chart display an information system.
  • AIS: Automatic identification system
  • Radar: Radio detection and ranging
  • ARPA: Automatic radar plotting aid
  • STCW: Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
  • RYA: Royal Yacht Association
  • IYA: International yacht training

Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)18/11/201906/12/2019 £3,300 £2,940
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Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)20/04/202008/05/2020 £3,350 £2,940
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)18/05/202005/06/2020 £3,350 £2,990
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Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)28/09/202016/10/2020 £3,350 £2,990
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)26/10/202013/11/2020 £3,350 £2,995
Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)23/11/202011/12/2020 £3,350 £2,990
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