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/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore certificate, together with the corresponding shorebased certificate, plus STCW Basic Training.


3 weeks (Monday – Friday)

Training towards:

Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt)

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.

Why go all-inclusive with UKSA?

  • Our hassle free, all-inclusive packages leave you to focus on your studies
  • Full board, twin occupancy en-suite accommodation on our 3.5 acre waterside campus
  • ‘In between’ nights’ are included if you book consecutive courses*
  • More than a 9-5 training provider – evening and weekend access to our classrooms and resources
  • Flexible and extensive course scheduling
  • On-site bar, open every evening – great for socialising and networking

“The best thing about the UKSA experience is having everything on campus including food accommodation and after hours study rooms” UKSA Professional student

*up to a maximum of 3 nights

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