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Radar Basics: Integrated Bridge

This course puts radar in the context of other bridge equipment, such as ECDIS, AIS and alert management, which is often combined in integrated bridge systems. The training course has been based on the book “Radar Basics” written by Volker Wenzel and Marcus Wöster.


The Radar Basics: Integrated Bridge course is available for purchase here.

right arrow 16 Course Description

In order to support the navigator in his duties and fulfil the SOLAS requirement, Radar is usually integrated with other bridge equipment as part of an integrated bridge system, integrated navigation system or as a multi-function display. The radar picture can also be supplemented with overlays such as routes, charts or user-created maps.

It is therefore crucial for navigators to see radar not as a stand-alone equipment. Instead, they need to be aware of how it interacts with other systems and use all available means for a safe navigation.

right arrow 16 Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to see Radar as part of a complete bridge and understand how it can interact with other bridge equipment.

right arrow 16 Target Audience

Officers who are looking for an easy-to-follow supplement or refresher to their radar and ARPA courses and anyone requiring knowledge of the general features of radar.

right arrow 16 Course Structure

Module 1: Automatic Identification System

Module 2: Using AIS in Radar

Module 3: Information Overlay and Integrated Bridge

right arrow 16 Learning Outcomes

Module 1: Familiarizes the learner with the principles of AIS to form an understanding of its capabilities and limitations.
Module 2: Builds on the gained AIS knowledge and shows how it is integrated with radar and ARPA data.
Module 3: Provides the context of the full bridge and the interactions between radar and other equipment to ensure the best use during the navigation watch.

right arrow 16 Prerequisites

Required: Basic nautical knowledge.

Note: It is not necessary for you to have a CoC as a navigational watch officer; however, an understanding of terrestrial and electronic navigation is recommended.

right arrow 16 Course Characteristics

Course Access: 90 days
Timeframe: Approx. 1 hour and 23 min
Language: English
Certificate: Yes (valid indefinite)
Strong Authentication: No
Daily test attempts: 2
Min % of progress on GuideMe to access TestMe: 70%
Min % of passing the TestMe: 70%
Total test time: 60 min

right arrow 16 Technical Requirements

We recommend the use of a wired internet connection when taking this course. Connection via mobile internet is also possible; however, it is considered unstable and might cause the failure of your exam.

Supported Internet Browsers: 

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Apple macOS
  • Linux,
  • Android
  • Apple's iOS
Important note: For optimized experience we suggest using a desktop browser.

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