This 100% online Radar Observer (Unlimited) course provides an in-depth study of the application of Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) equipment in regards to collision-avoidance and navigation at sea using vector solutions of vessel motion. There is also a special emphasis on RADAR and Automatic RADAR Plotting Aid (ARPA) performance limitations and adverse environmental effects on the system.
Realistic and detailed RADAR and ARPA simulation is used in this course to apply theory principles to practical exercises. The students develop both the mental and manual skills needed to safely use an ARPA equipped RADAR in a real time marine environment. Students will then have to complete practical examinations via HALO° examination systems. Radar-Observer certificates are issued to students upon successful completion of this course.
Integrated with both the HALO° Radar Training Simulator and HALO° Exam Monitoring System, students can easily complete their practical assessments and take their exams online, eliminating the need to travel to an in-person center.
Please note that the HALO° Radar Training Simulator is only compatible with a Windows computer/laptop.
The course satisfies the radar 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), 11.321(a)(3)(vi).
- Navigational Rules and Regulations Handbook; United States Coast Guard (provided as a course resource)
- Radar and ARPA Manual; Bole, Wall, and Norris; Third edition
- Radar Renewal NMI Workbook (provided as a course resource)
- Leaded Compass 6″ or 8″
- Dividers 6 or 8″
- 2 Triangles
- One of the following: Parallel Rules OR Weems Roller Plotter
- Blank Radar Transfer Plotting Sheets
Watch the video below to learn about the key features and capabilities of one of the simulators used in this course – the HALO° Transfer Plotter!