Radar Course Syllabus

International regulations state that if you have a 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 beam-width 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.


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

Radar Course Duration: 1 day

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


This training can also be provided onboard your yacht



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