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Automatic Radar Plotter Aid (ARPA)

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Course Length: 32 hours
Price: $700

Prerequisite: Previously passed USCG approved RADAR class.

Subjects in this 5-day course include review and recertification of radar plotting, ARPA theory, ARPA errors and limitations.  This course covers technical and practical applications of radar and ARPA for those who will be in charge of navigational watch or a member of a bridge team. Information is presented that is necessary for the deck officer or bridge team member to stand safe bridge watch.  This includes the theory, operation, limitations and practical applications of radar navigation, collision avoidance and radar and ARPA systems.  Students who complete this course will be able to extract the information needed on course, speed and CPA to enable early action to be taken to provide for a safe passing distance.