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MCA/MNTB Small Ships Navigation & Radar


There are no scheduled upcoming dates for this course.

If you would like to be alerted as to when the next course date is, or would like to set up a custom date for this course, please get in touch using the Course Enquiry Form below.

This course is aimed at those working on

  • Coded vessels including fishing vessels, workboats, wind farm supply vessels, local passenger ferries, vessels for seismic surveys, emergency response and rescue (standby) vessels and oceanographic research vessels where electronic navigation equipment has been fitted.

  • Candidates serving in ships of limited size requiring familiarisation or updating/refresher training in the use of radar and other electronic navigation systems.

  • Candidates who have not previously undertaken approved training in radar/electronic navigational systems in accordance with MGN 121 (part 13) of the MCA Training & Certification Guidance

  • Candidates for Boatmaster Licence

  • Candidates holding a fishing vessel CoC wishing to serve as Officers (other than Master)

  • It is also envisaged that this course will be suitable for those candidates undertaking the proposed Certificate of Competency for Master Workboat less than 500 GT

Content & Objectives

The course will follow the syllabus set out by the MCA/ MNTB for the Small Ships Navigation & Radar element of the Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training document.

The aim of the course is to equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch and to use radar, electronic charts, automatic plotting aids and other electronic equipment  to maintain the safety of navigation for small vessels.

Learning Mode

This classroom based course takes place at our training centre in Cowes and will include extensive use of our bridge simulator.

Entry Requirements

To take part in our training you 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 experience of chartwork.

Please note that you will need sound knowledge of the Rule of the Road.


This 5-day course is now on offer at £800 incl. VAT. 


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Requirements Checklist
  • 18+ Years of Age

    You must be at-least 18 to attend this course

  • Your Identification Card

    You must bring an official form of identification, such as your Passport, Discharge Book , Driving Licence or National ID.