RYA Radar Course – yachts, motor cruisers

RYA Radar Course

The RYA Radar course is intended to familiarize students with the use of radar on typical small boats (yachts, motor cruisers). The course is held in our classrooms at the V&A Waterfront.

Course Description

How a radar set works, how its adjustments and features affect the way it works, target definition, radar reflectors, types of radar display, radar plotting, the use of radar in navigation and collision avoidance


  • 1 Day Beginner course
  • RYA Radar Course Completion Certificate
  • Classes at V & A Waterfront. Cape Town, South Africa

*RYA radar is not a recognised GMDSS module nor is it applicable to STCW.

However, for those wishing to work on Superyachts this course act as a good primer for future STCW compliant GMDSS courses. For recreational boaters this course is exceptionally useful from a safe-boating perspective and highly recommended.

Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.

For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.
THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am
STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am
STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy