Course Overview: The course will equip the candidate with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch, to use radar and radar plotting techniques, electronic charts and to use electronic fixing systems to maintain safe navigation on a small vessel. The course complies with the mandatory requirement for the Boatmasters' License radar endorsement, follows MNTB guidelines and is approved by the MCA.
This course is aimed at those working on vessels operating under the training requirements of the 2014 workboat code, which includes, fishing vessels, workboats, local passenger vessels, wind farm supply vessels, ERC vessels, boat master license.
Teaching and Assessment: The 40 hour course will be conducted over a period of 5 days consisting of a series of short lectures, Peer to Peer discussions, equipment demonstration, familiarisation, and practical use of Electronic Navigation aids on Bridge simulation units, in both static and dynamic simulated exercise modes.
The course will include a formal and practical examination.
Course Content: The course consists of the basic principles of coastal navigation, passage planning and the use of radar and other electronic aids to navigation commonly found on small vessels to enable the student to maintain a safe navigational watch.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal pre-requisites, however students will be expected to have a sound knowledge of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, navigational lights, signals, flags and buoyage together with some experience of chartwork.