The RYA RADAR course is designed for users of RADAR in pleasure yachts and also commercial skippers in vessels up to 24m. It’s great for giving an understanding of RADAR as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.

If you have RADAR fitted to your yacht then under the IRPCS rules (col regs) you should use it in conditions of restricted visibility – and this course teaches you the right way.

The day starts with looking at basics: how RADAR works, how to perform the basic set up, demonstrate the different adjustments and available features to get the most out of your set.

We will then review different types of RADAR reflectors, types of antenna and displays.

Once the RADAR is correctly set up we will then teach you how to use it for collision avoidance, differentiating between targets and background, and using it for navigation and collision avoidance.

Recommended reading

RADAR for Mariners

RADAR for Mariners We love this RADAR book that is the course notes for the American Sailing Association (ASA). Included is:

What is the best radar for you, and how to install it;
Setting up and adjusting the RADAR;
What does the picture mean;
Using your RADAR to estimate risk of collision;
Interface your radar with a digital compass, GPS, or electronic chart

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RYA Introduction to RADAR G34

RYA Introduction to RADAR G34 This 32 page book accompanies the RYA one day RADAR course, and is a good quick reference guide.

It concisely explains what RADAR is, how it works and its use on a small boat.

Also covered is switching on and setting up, refining and understanding the picture, blind areas, different types of radar reflector and their limitations, how to fix radar positions, pilotage by radar and collision avoidance.

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