RYA Radar

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RYA Radar Course covering how to set up, tune and interpret the radar set for collision avoidance, pilotage and navigation.

RYA RADAR COURSE AIMS:

Popular on both sailing and motor boats, Radar is an invaluable aid for navigation and collision avoidance. It is though only useful in the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced operator. This course provides the knowledge for you to then gain the experience.

RYA RADAR COURSE OVERVIEW:

Small craft radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids. Over a day’s training we can teach you how to adjust the controls, interpret the picture and make use of the set for navigation and collision avoidance. The day can take place in our class room using our Radar simulators or can be on board your boat.

RYA Radar Course at our classroom

The majority of students join one of our regular classroom courses. The day is a mix of theory and of practical use of our PC based simulators.

RYA Radar Course onboard your vessel

If we run a bespoke course on board your vessel we will start with your on-board Radar and take you through its functions and tuning. We will then switch to a lap top simulator where the Instructor can reproduce scenarios and set bits of coastline, buoys and approaching vessels to appear on the screen as required. We will then return to your live radar set for a few more exercises. Onboard courses typically work with 1 or 2 students but can be extended to 3 or 4 if you have room for two lap top simulators, the Instructor and all of the students.

RYA RADAR COURSE DURATION:

1 Day 0930 to 1700.

RYA RADAR COURSE PRE REQUISITES:

While no previous radar knowledge is required it is helpful if you have a basic understanding of navigation and collision regulations, this course is aimed at sailors and power boaters of around Coastal Skipper level or Advanced Powerboat Level and above. Most students on this course have seen and tried to use a radar set previously but not experienced a great deal of success.

RYA RADAR COURSE CONTENT:

  • Basic understanding of Radar, wave propagation and conditions that give rise to abnormal propagation
  • Correct use of controls (brilliance, contrast, gain, range, tuning)
  • How to measure bearing and range
  • Target definition & discrimination
    • Spot size, pulse length & beam width
    • Target characteristics, size, shape, material
    • False Echos
    • Shadow sectors & shadow diagram
    • Sea clutter and rain clutter
  • Radar reflectors, (passive & active)
  • Navigation
    • Radar Ranging
    • Three point fixes
    • Fix by EBL and VRM
    • Parallel indexing
  • Collision Avoidance
    • Relative motion
    • Auto plotting aids
    • The implications of IRPCS rules 5 (look-out), 6 (safe-speed), 7 (risk of collision) and 19 (restricted visibility)
    • The practical limitations of small craft radar
    • Assessing risk of collision with another vessel
    • Assessing the closest point of approach of another vessel and determining whether it will pass ahead or astern
    • Plotting and assessing the course and speed of another vessel

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR RYA RADAR COURSE: 

  • Day of shore based Training
  • Use of our PC based Training Simulators
  • RYA Radar Student book and plotting sheets
  • RYA Radar Course Certificate
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Free (on street) Parking

RYA RADAR COURSE RATIOS

The RYA requires centres to provide a radar simulator for every 3 students and an Instructor for every 12 students. We smash both those ratios as provide a radar simulator for every  1-2 students, (ensuring you get far more, “hands-on” radar time) and the class does not exceed 8. The class size is however typically 3-6, although we will run the course with only 2 students .

BOOKING YOUR RYA RADAR COURSE:

If the classroom dates below do not suit you, we can set up a bespoke 1:1 or 2:1 course for you, either using our simulators or on your own boat or a combination of both.

WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR YOUR RYA RADAR COURSE?

1:1 and 2:1 courses are available at short notice.

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