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Radar Course

Cruising boats increasingly have radar on board. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.

Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly. It is not an all seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or interpret its picture.

Pre-course experience


Assumed Knowledge


Course content

  • how the radar set works, how its adjustments and features affect the way it works target definition, radar reflectors, types of radar display, radar plotting and the use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance

Ability after course

Know how to adjust the Radar to give a correct picture - Colregs - How to plot a target and see it there is a risk of collision. Using Radar for Navigation

Minimum duration

1 day

Your Instructor, a Powerboat Instructor and Commercial Skipper, also works on Port Control.

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