1700 | Radar Observer (Unlimited)

Course Number: 1700
Course Length: 40 hours
Minimum Class Size: 2
Maximum Class Size: 6
Price: $1000.00

Please bring picture ID on first day of class

You may review Radar Workbook by going to Resources or Click HERE. 

Any applicant who has successfully completed our Radar Observer (Unlimited) (MIDATL-399) course will satisfy:

  • The radar observer training requirements of 46 CFR 11.480(d) for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Unlimited); AND
  • The radar Observer training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(ii), 11.317(a)(3)(vi), 11.319(a)(4)(ii) and 11.321(a)(3)(vi); AND
  • The radar observer standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.309(a)(3) and 11.319(a)(3); STCW Code Section A-II/1 and Table A-II/1, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment guidelines from NVICs 12-14(Ch-4) and 02-18(Ch-1) Tasks 1.4.A, 1.4.B, 3.1, 3.2A, 3.2.B, 3.3.A, and 3.4; AND
  • The radar observer standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.317(a)(2) and 11.321(a)(2); STCW Code Section A-II/3 and Table A-II/3, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 13-14(Ch-3) Tasks 1.8.A and l.8.B.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed “Task Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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. This course will meet the
mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/1 as amended for the function Use of radar and ARPA to maintain safety of navigation at the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch. This course will provide students with the detailed knowledge to support the training outcomes related to navigation at the operational level and in doing so satisfy
company, national, and international regulations for candidates for certification as follows in accordance with Tables A-II/1 and A-II/3:

Specification of minimum standard of competence for officers in charge of a navigational watch.
Function: Navigation at the operational level

Competence: Use of radar and ARPA to maintain safety of navigation
Note: Training and assessment in the use of ARPA is not required for those who serve exclusively on ships not fitted with ARPA. This limitation shall be reflected in the endorsement issued to the seafarer concerned.

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency
Radar navigation

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of radar and automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA)
  • Ability to operate and to interpret and analyze information obtained from radar, including the following:
  • Performance, including:

º  factors affecting performance and accuracy
º  setting up and maintaining displays
º  detection of misrepresentation of information, false echoes, sea return, etc., racons and SARTs

  • Use, including:

º range and bearing; course and speed of other ships; time and distance of closest approach of crossing, meeting overtaking ships
º identification of critical echoes; detecting course and speed changes of other ships; effect of changes in own ship’s course or speed or both
º application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amendedº plotting techniques and relative- and true motion concepts

02/07/2022 – 02/11/2022
03/07/2022 – 03/11/2022
04/04/2022 – 04/08/2022
05/09/2022 – 05/13/2022
06/06/2022 – 06/10/2022
07/11/2022 – 07/15/2022
08/01/2022 – 08/05/2022
09/12/2022 – 09/16/2022
10/03/2022 – 10/07/2022
10/31/2022 – 11/04/2022
12/05/2022 – 12/09/2022

Class Start Times:   8:00 a.m.
Check-in Time Starts at:  7:00 a.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