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RYA Radar

RYA Radar

We now offer a 2-day RYA Radar+ course.

Day 1 is the RYA Course.

Day 2 Incorporating radar in to a Passage planning exercises using our simulator.

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

Find out how to use radar to help navigation not just using it to see what’s there. Radar can help in so many way that you may not know.

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 Classroom are limited to 6 students. There is access to Raymarine and Garmin radar equipment plus our Radar and Navigation simulator.

The Radar simulator gives you the opportunity to run various scenarios from various locations on a range of boats – and if you sink, go aground or hit something – It doesn’t matter.

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 6:1
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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