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Vancouver Radar Course - Session 2 - Sat. March 9
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Vancouver Radar Course - Session 2 - Sat. March 9

This is a one day radar course held at the BCIT Marine Campus and makes use of their multi-million dollar radar simulator. Increase your odds in bad weather by learning to tune and use your radar for collision avoidance and as a navigational tool. Limited to 8 students so please register early.

When: 09/03/2013
From 0830 to 1530
Where: BCIT Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, British Columbia  V7M 1A5
Contact: Paul Guenette

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One Day Radar Course
BCIT's Marine Campus provides a three week radar course for commercial mariners.  They have created a custom single day course for Bluewater Cruising that utilizes the same $3.25M dollar simulator facility as the commercial students.  Students will be divided into pairs and each assigned a simulated vessel - there are four such vessels in the simulator and each may communicate with the others only by virtual VHF radio.  The simulator rooms have large screen LED panel displays that portray a realistic portion of the BC coast along.  There is a radar display to use while the instructor varies the sea state, precipitation and visibility.
While this one day course will not help you earn a BCIT marine certificate, with professional instruction on how to use your radar effectively to navigate and avoid collisions it will increase the safety of you and your vessel at sea.
The cost of this course is $210 for members and $260 for non-members. 

Course Description

This basic one day radar familiarization course explains fundamental principles of radar and enables students to setup and tune the radar display and operate various controls. The participants will be able to plan a short coastal passage and use radar parallel indexing technique.


Practical evaluation by the Instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

1. Explain fundamental principles of radar.

2. Setup and tune basic radar display.

3. Operate various radar controls to optimize radar picture.

4. Use radar in H!up, C/up, and N/up display orientation.

5. Operate radar in true motion and relative motion.

6. Operate radar for collision avoidance.

7. Use radar parallel indexing.


The course fee also includes a copy of the book - The Radar Book: Effective Navigation and Collision Avoidance
By Kevin Monahan. We advise that you read this in advance of the course.

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