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Further Information - Radar Basics – Navigation and Watchkeeping Training


Who is the course for?

Officers who are looking for an easy-to-follow supplement or refresher to their radar and ARPA courses and any other crewmember that requires an understanding of the general features of radar.

Is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required to complete this course.

How will the course benefit me?

By providing you with guidance at all crucial steps, from taking over the bridge and setting up the radar to watchkeeping, navigation and even SAR use to enable you to efficiently integrate radar into the bridge watch.

How will the course benefit my company?

By enabling navigators to see radar in the context of the other bridge equipment and traditional watchkeeping procedures to ensure an efficient and safe navigational watch.

What standards are referenced in the course?

• IMO Radar Performance Standards IMO(2004): Res.MSC.192(79)

• The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

• IMO SART Performance Standards IMO(1995): Res.A.802(19)

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked a series of questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 70%.

Learning Objectives

• Demonstrate familiarity with the essential settings and tools of radar, from tune and gain to orientation modes and vectors

• Explain classical navigational techniques, such as positioning by range or bearing, in combination with the specific radar tools that can be used to facilitate those techniques

• Describe how radar is integrated into the context of a navigational watch and can be adjusted to the specific requirements of a situation

• List radar and AIS based SAR devices and describe their detection during navigation


Exam as part of the course, two attempts.

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size - none

• Audio - requires device speaker or headphones