Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)
The Navigation and Radar course provides detailed knowledge of on board navigation systems
The 3 week course is divided into two parts. The first part, 2 weeks of navigational theory, covers chartwork, tides, aids to navigation and radar plotting, including a written exam.
The second part, week 3, involves a continuous assessment of practical navigation and watchkeeping techniques using our 270° full mission bridge simulator.
Navigation and Radar is an MCA approved module and a requirement for any OOW (Yachts) candidates.
The full syllabus is available to view here
Pre- Course Requirements
RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency
RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate.
STCW Basic Training Certificates.
The course includes;
- Position Fixing
- Compass types, application of variation and deviation
- Course to steer and course made good
- Use of Clearing bearings and other clearing lines
- Using GNSS (GPS), Echo sounders, logs, AIS
- Radar and ARPA
- Operation of ECDIS systems
- IALA Buoyage – systems A and B
Navigation and Radar is a classroom based course using presentations, demonstrations, videos, practical sessions and exercises to deliver the course content.
The final week of the course uses the bridge simulator to assess practical ability.
Assessment and Certification
There is a 2½ hour written assessment to be taken at the end of week 2, it is divided into two parts.
Part A specifically examines chartwork, secondary port tidal calculations and radar plotting, the pass mark for part A is 70%.
Part B covers other elements of the syllabus and carries a pass mark of 50%
Candidates are continually assessed on their practical navigational ability during week 3
Successful candidates will be awarded a pass certificate for the MCA Navigation and Radar module which is valid for 3 years towards your OOW qualification