Any applicant who successfully completes the Radar Observer (Inland) (MIDATL-396) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(d) and 11.480(b)(2) for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Inland Waters).
A trainee successfully completing this course and meeting the required performance standards will recognize when radar should be in use; will select a suitable mode and range setting for the circumstances; will be able to set the controls for optimal performance; and will be aware of the limitations of the equipment in detecting targets and in terms of accuracy. The various modes of display available and the choice of a suitable mode for a particular application are covered, together with the effect that changes in the course or speed of “own” or target ship have on the appearance of the display. When within range of the coast, the trainee will be able to compare the radar display with the chart, select suitable conspicuous land targets, and use these targets to fix his position.
The trainee will also be aware of the need to maintain a continuing plot of ship targets which may pose a potential threat of collision; and he will be able to derive from the plot the necessary information about other ships’ courses, speeds and nearest approaches to enable action to be taken in ample time, in accordance with Rules of the Road to prevent a close-quarters situation arising.
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of radar theory and operation by successfully completing the U.S. Coast Guard requirements and satisfying the radar competency requirements of Section A-II/1 of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. Students will demonstrate the ability to do the following:
- Explain basic radar theory.
- State the purpose and function of the main components that comprise a typical shipboard marine radar installation.
- Explain radar performance.
- Demonstrate radar use.
Upcoming Course Dates:
Call For Class Availability.
Class Start Times:
Day Classes: 8:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 4:00 p.m.
Check-in Time Starts at:
Day Classes: 7:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 3:00 p.m.
Required Course Tools:
Weems and Plath Triangle #101 (2 Triangles are required) $15.00
Weems and Plath Ultralight Divider/Compass #176 $23.00
Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator $16.00
Weems and Plath 15 $20.00
Weems and Plath Nautical Slide Rule #105 $23.00