RYA Radar course for Yachtsmen - 01489 565100 YachtCom | Raymarine Radar training | MARPA and AIS

RYA Radar Course Syllabus

International regulations state that if you have radar on board your yacht, you must know how to use it. This course will teach you how to get the best out of your radar unit.

Topics covered:
  • The small boat Radar system
    • Radar system overview
    • Limitations and power requirements
  • Radar controls and function
    • Gain, FTC, Sea & Rain clutter controls
    • Range, Wakes & Expansion
  • Radar screen presentation
    • North Up, Head up & Course up
    • Relative or true motion
  • Conditions giving rise to abnormal propagation
    • Radar wave propagation
  • Target detection, definition and discrimination
    • Radar beamwidth over distance
    • Radar range
  • Radar reflectors
    • Passive and Active radar reflectors
  • Collision avoidance
    • Plotting rules and techniques
    • Plotting aids - Use of Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (MARPA), based on Raymarine C120.
    • AIS - Automatic Identification System (not part of the RYA syllabus, but we cover it)
  • Use of radar as a navigation aid
  • Accuracy and inaccuracies of radar.

At YachtCom we have a real Raymarine C120 navigation display unit which is used during the radar course.

We are familiar with the Raymarine (Raytheon) Pathfinder SL70 and C/E-Series of Radar, and the JRC Radar 1000.

What to bring
If students have another type of Radar fitted to their yachts they are encouraged to bring along the manual.

At YachtCom we have a real Raymarine C120 navigation display unit which is used during the radar course.

We are familiar with the Raymarine (Raytheon) Pathfinder SL70 and C/E-Series of Radar, and the JRC Radar 1000.

What to bring
If students have another type of Radar fitted to their yachts they are encouraged to bring along the manual.

RYA Radar Course Information

Duration: 1 day
  • Start 09:00 finish by 17:30

Pre-course knowledge:
  • none

Forthcoming dates:

 Start DateFinish date 
16th September, 2018 16th September, 2018

14th October, 2018 14th October, 2018

9th December, 2018 9th December, 2018

Group and Individual tuition in our classroom
or onboard your boat, available by arrangement.


Course Cost:
  • Includes RYA student notes and certificate

Course enrolment
To enrol please phone 01489 565100. Payment can be made over the phone by all major debit and credit cards. Alternatively complete our on-line booking form.

Student Numbers
Student numbers are kept to a maximum of 6 students per course, so early booking is advised.

Course location:
The course takes place in our permanently equipped training studio at Lowford, Bursledon, Hampshire, close to the River Hamble. Click here for directions

A Master-Class Radar course from YachtCom will familarise you with the controls, 0peration and common operator errors.