Your general boating experience can be greatly improved by a greater understanding of your onboard electronics (Navigational Aids). Knowing how to set up or tune your Radar can make it much easier to interpret and to integrate with your chart plotter or charts. Radar is not only an aid to collision avoidance it is also a powerful navigation tool. Being able to navigate in poor visibility using Radar is a very underestimated skill that professional skippers use constantly but under-utilised by leisure boaters.
A modern chartplotter can be integrated with other electronic devices such as Radar, to give a highly detailed graphical representation of obstructions and traffic around you. Automatic Identification System (AIS), again is a great system if and when used correctly. AIS has a number of disadvantages that need to be understood. When integrated with Radar and a chart plotter you will have much better situational awareness, be better informed and able to make better navigational decisions.
As boat owners are likely to have different systems: B&G, Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad etc. these one day courses are carried out on your boat with your electronics packages.
|Pre-course experience||Have a basic understanding of your Navigational Equipment|
|Assumed knowledge||It is recommended that the candidate holds am RYA VHF License|
|Minimum duration||1 day|
|Minimum age||16 years|
• Understand your plotter
• Introduction to RADAR
• Introduction to AIS
• Integrating your systems
• Interpreting RADAR and AIS data
• Using RADAR for navigation
|Ability after the course||
You will have a greater understanding and proficiency in the use of your Electronic navigation aids
Obviously it’s important to know how to use your electronics equipment and have confidence in it before you need to use it. If for instance you have RADAR fitted to your boat and you unexpectedly find yourself in poor visibility you are expected to able to use it to avoid the risk of collision. IRPCS Rule 5.
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