Key Course Details

Duration: 1 day

Time: 9am to 5pm

Group Size: Usually 6

Min Age: From 16

Price: £120


RYA Radar Course

Radar is an excellent item of kit to have on board a craft – but only if you really know how to maximise its potential The one day RYA Radar course helps you to understand how radar works and make the most of it for collision avoidance and navigation.

Radar has a variety of uses including navigation and collision avoidance, indeed the ColRegs state that you must use all means available to you to avoid the possibility of a collision. Therefore, if your craft is fitted with a Radar then you must use it and by implication know how to use it to its full potential, getting the most from a radar is a matter of understanding its potential and being able to ‘set it up’ and modify the settings for the conditions you are experiencing.

Course Duration

1 day – The course runs from 9am to approximately 5pm

Instructor – student ratio

Typically 4 – 6 students per instructor.

What does the radar course cover?

The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of how Radar works
  • Set up procedure, the various functions and the correct use of controls
  • Interpreting what you see of the screen
  • Target definition & discrimination
  • Radar reflectors – active & passive
  • Use of radar for navigation & collision avoidance
  • Use and limitations of Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
  • Advantages & disadvantages of radar

Why choose Powerboat Training UK for your radar course?

The simple answer is our instructors. Our instructors have current, real, hands on experience of using radar in fast and slower power driven vessels and vessels on passage under sail all over the world and their experience of using the the radar for collision avoidance and and for navigation makes for a really beneficial and enjoyable course.

As a professional full time school our classrooms are well equipped and dedicated to the running of these courses so have all of the materials expected so that we can run first rate courses.


The aim of the course is to teach students to use small boat Radar to assist decision making in navigation, pilotage and collision avoidance.

  • Switching on and setting up: Adjusting brilliance, contrast, gain, range and tuning
  • Refining the picture: Adjust the sea clutter and rain clutter controls to suit prevailing conditions Head up, North up mode
  • Understanding the picture: The factors affecting the clarity of the visual image
  • Radar reflectors: Understanding what affects the received image
  • Fixing position by radar: Plot the vessel’s position. Use of VRM and EBL
  • Pilotage by radar: Understands how to prepare a simple pilotage plan including use of clearing ranges
  • Collision avoidance: Understands how to determine the risk of collision with another vessel; CPA, course and speed; The existence of automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA & MARPA); The implications of IRPCS when in restricted visibility

Radar - Book Now

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DateLocationNumber of places
Fri 24th Jul 2020Poole
Fri 9th Oct 2020Poole