This hybrid course provides training to mariners who wish to obtain a U.S. Coast Guard endorsement as a Radar Observer (Unlimited). A Radar Observer endorsement is required for all ocean routes; all towing vessel greater than 26 feet with the exception of commercial assistance towing operations; and all licenses with tonnage limitations over 200 tons.
The course consists of 24 hours of online instruction and 3 days of in class instruction. The online portion of the course must be completed prior to attending the three day classroom course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate is issued a U.S. Coast Guard approved Radar Certificate establishing competency in the operation and utilization of marine radar equipment.
This endorsement may be added to any U.S. Coast Guard Deck Officer License and is a requirement depending on the license you hold or if you are operating certain vessels.
This endorsement is good for five (5) years from date of issue. The endorsement can be renewed by taking the renewal / refresher course.