Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - Navigation and Radar

£3,150 GBP

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - Less than 3,000GT
Training School:
Warsash Maritime School
Southampton, United Kingdom
15 days

The first part of the course includes lectures covering navigational theory, electronic navigation aids and chart work. You’ll receive instruction in practical chart work, tidal calculation and radar plotting, combined with a series of exercises to practice these techniques.

Electronic navigation aids include GNSS, ECDIS, echo sounders and speed logs. There is a significant emphasis on radar and ARPA and interpreting the radar picture.

In week three, with the assistance of instructors, you will develop and practice navigation techniques in our multi-purpose radar and navigation bridge simulators. This is an assessed week where you will develop your collision avoidance skills and demonstrate application of the Collision Regulations.

What you'll learn

Weeks one and two

  • Magnetic compass
  • Gyro compass
  • Chartwork
  • Chart correction
  • Notices to mariners
  • Practical tides
  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS)
  • Buoyage system test
  • Navigation aids
  • Radar and radar plotting
  • ARPA
  • AIS

Written exam lasting 2.5 hours in two parts:

  • Part A: three questions covering chart work, secondary port tides and a radar plot.
  • Part B: three questions testing underpinning knowledge of topics in the syllabus.

Week three

  • Bridge simulator practical exercises

Online module

This course now includes unlimited access to an online module containing pre-course preparation materials, course notes, revision quizzes and lots of other useful information.

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You must hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency.

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Warsash Maritime School

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East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN
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