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RYA 1 Day Radar Course
RADAR Training - the RYA 1 Day Course - at your home, boat or sailing club (S England)
Available for 1 to 1, groups or on your own boat. Contact me to make arrangements on a convenient date.
£120 for one person including RYA certificate and radar handbook. Prices negotiable for groups of two or more.
Radar resources - click here - Course notes, MAIB reports, Ouzo report , Wahkuna report, free Radar Plotting Sheet, instructions. Abbreviations
Radar Controls - crib card - with guide to all the Controls, and Collision Regs in restricted visibility.
3 photos of the same view from a boat moored at Dittisham
Radar is one of the most useful safety assets on a small boat, but needs knowledge and practice with the controls, and awareness of its limitations, to make it safe and useful. If you have radar fitted to your vessel you are required to know how to use it, and how to apply the Collision Regulations in restricted visibility.
We deliver the knowledge required for the RYA 1 Day Radar Course Certificate using the latest RYA approved simulator software, showing both CRT and LCD screen displays.
The Radar Simulator acts exactly like a real marine radar set, but the environment can be fully controlled. All the standard set-up options are provided, giving control over brilliance, gain, range, tuning, sea clutter and rain clutter. All of the common functions, such as Head-Up or North-Up, EBL, VRM, echo stretch, wakes, and Guard Zones, has either its own control button, or follows the modern practice ( like Raymarine) of using menus and soft-keys for function selection. The exercises provide plenty of practice in target plotting, collision avoidance including MARPA, and recognition and control of sea and rain clutter.
At the end of the course you will have a good working knowledge of radar operations and be able to apply it to collision avoidance and navigation.
The small boat Radar system
- Radar - overview of principles
- Limitations of small craft radar
- Primary controls and adjustments
Understanding the radar picture
- Radar screen presentation
- Sea and Rain clutter controls, interference
- False images – causes and effects
- North Up, Head up & Course up
- Accuracy and inaccuracies of radar
- Relative and True Motion
Use of radar as a navigation and pilotage aid
- Fixes by range and bearing
- Parallel indexing
Radar cross section
Passive and Active radar reflectors
Limitations of Reflectors
- Case studies - Wahkuna/Vespucci and Ouzo
- IRPCS and application of the Collision Regulations in restricted visibility
- Radar Plotting techniques, and many worked examples and exercises
- Use of Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (MARPA)
- AIS - Automatic Identification System - not part of the RYA syllabus, but we cover it.
You will use a PC simulator throughout the course to learn the techniques and see the effect of your actions.
This course also meets the training requirements for skippers of licenced workboats fitted with radar.
Suitable for maritime security officers requiring radar knowledge to meet their career requirements for anti piracy operations.
Please bring plotter and dividers. The RYA Course Handbook and Question & Answer book are provided.
References from yacht clubs are available - RYA Reference
Books for more detailed guidance: (hover mouse over link).
| by Bill Johnson.
Good chapter on AIS (not in most radar books).
| By Tim Bartlett.
Good all round on electronics
| by Robert Avis.
Excellent on seamanship in general, good chapters on Radar
You can buy a personal copy of the radar simulator for £60.00, please for details
Radar RYA 1 day course notes
Radar plotting instructions
Radar plotting exercises worked examples
Loss of the Ouzo - MAIB and MCGA documents
CHIRP Feed Reports and forms CHIRP is a confidential incident reporting system - you can use it to report safety incidents.
Qinetiq report on effectiveness of radar reflectors (after the loss of the Ouzo)
Echomax and Sea me comparison report PBO September 2009 (Sea me and Echomax now have active reflectors for S Band and X Band)
Click here for live AIS feeds:
http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=default and http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/
FMCW BroadbandRadar: http://www.timbartlett.co.uk/briefing.html#fmcw_radar AND http://www.aztecsailing.co.uk/newaztec/radar/A New Radar Technology.pdf
RYA 1 Day Radar Course In Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Ox Berks and Bucks
posted 18TH April 2012