This is an 8-hour classroom course that takes an in-depth look at marine radar operation on recreational vessels. It is "non-denominational" classroom course that is equally applicable to both power and sail. The course considers radar specifications and the resulting benefits (or handicaps) they yield, installation considerations, radiation safety, the technical and practical limitations of radar, adjusting brilliance and gain, the use of optimization tools such as STC and FTC, and the various display modes (Head-Up, Course-Up and North-Up). Enroute operation of the radar is discussed in detail, including use of the various controls such as Range and Gain and their effects, along with screen interpretation, radar shadowing, beam width and sea clutter issues. The benefits of radar use for position navigation and piloting are given considerable attention, as is the use of radar for collision avoidance. Finally, the course covers the applicability of the Navigation Rules for collision avoidance in restricted visibility.
The textbook Radar for Mariners and the associated Radar Workbook are provided for every student. The Workbook is actively used during the course.
This course meets the requirements for the American Sailing Association Radar Endorsement.