RYA Radar Course


DAYS: 1 day classroom course


LEVEL: Intermediate

SETTING: Classroom

LOCATION: Netherlands

COST * € 350,-


  • Comprehensive course materials
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Access radar equipment
  • Access radar simulator
  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Expert Instructor


Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.

What you will learn

  • Basics of Radar Technology
  • Operation and Adjustments
  • Interpreting Radar Displays
  • Target Definition
  • Using Radar Reflector
  • Radar Plotting Methods
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Navigational Aids
  • Practical Application
  • Maximizing Radar Effectivenes


RYA Radar operator Certificate

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The RYA Radar course, designed as a one-day intensive program, caters to users of radar systems on small crafts. As radar technology becomes more affordable and thus more widespread, the need for proper training in its use has grown significantly. This course aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding and practical skills in the effective use of radar for maritime navigation and safety.

Course Overview:

  • Target Audience: Specifically aimed at small craft users who either already have radar equipment on board or are considering its installation.
  • Course Objective: To ensure participants understand the fundamentals of radar operation and can effectively use all its functions and features.

08:30 – 09:00: Registration and Introduction
Welcome participants and overview of the day’s agenda.

09:00 – 09:30: Basics of Radar Technology
Introduction to radar technology and its fundamental principles.

09:30 – 10:15: Operation and Adjustments
Understanding how to operate radar equipment and make appropriate adjustments.

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15: Interpreting Radar Displays
Learning to read and interpret different radar displays.

11:15 – 12:00: Target Definition
Techniques for identifying and defining targets on radar.

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break


13:00 – 13:45: Using Radar Reflectors
Understanding the use and importance of radar reflectors.

13:45 – 14:30: Radar Plotting Methods
Hands-on practice with radar plotting for navigation.

14:30 – 14:45: Tea Break

14:45 – 15:30: Collision Avoidance
Strategies for using radar to avoid collisions.

15:30 – 16:15: Navigational Aids
Exploring how radar serves as a navigational aid.

16:15 – 17:00: Practical Application and Maximizing Radar Effectiveness
Practical exercises to apply the learned concepts.
Tips for maximizing the effectiveness of radar systems.

17:00 – 17:30: Course Wrap-Up and Certification
Summarizing key points, feedback session, and distribution of course certificates.

Please note: This is a sample itinerary and the actual schedule may vary depending on the training center and instructor. Practical hands-on sessions may be interspersed throughout the day as appropriate.

The road to RYA Yachtmaster

Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!

Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.

Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.

Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.

Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.

Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.

Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.

Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!