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RYA Radar

RYA Radar

RYA Radar one-day course gives you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

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.

Marine Radar is an electronic device which measures the bearing and distance of solid objects and presents this information on a screen, you can use it to identify land, navigational marks and other vessels. Radar is short bursts of radio energy which are bounced back from the objects they find.

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 it’s limitations, or interpret its picture.

Courses held at the Mendez Marine Office are limited to 4 students.  There is access to Raymarine and Garmin radar equipment and where time and resources allow some instruction may take place on our school boat Fenland Dancer.

Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Minimum duration 1 day – minimum 6 hours
Minimum age None – preferred minimum age 11 years
Student: Instructor Ratio Max 12:1
Resources provided RC98 Radar pack
Recommended resources G34 RYA introduction to Radar
Course content

  • 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
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