Master (Yachts) - Navigation ARPA and Radar

About this course

Our yacht deck courses have achieved the highest pass rates in the industry for the last six years - 85% overall and 94% for the Master (Yachts) modules.

This course builds on the subjects covered in the OOW Navigation and Radar module by refreshing training in chart work, tides and radar and by introducing other aspects necessary at Master level. There is a greater focus on passage planning with an assessed plan to complete and then execute in the multi-purpose bridge simulator. Other topics include:

  • Seach and rescue procedures in theory and in practice (in the simulator).
  • Ocean navigation, consisting of navigation in ice, ocean sailing and ocean routing.

During the course, 30 hours are spent in the bridge simulator where exercises are assessed. These include exercises in collision avoidance, planning and monitoring techniques, and blind pilotage. Students must demonstrate competent use of electronic navigational aids and a thorough understanding and application of the Collision Regulations at command level. Successful completion of the course and passing the assessment will enable students to take the written exam paper at the end of week two.

Student testimonial

“I look forward to studying at Warsash again soon and would also like to extend my gratitude to all of the tutors who have helped me with the various modules. It should be noted that Warsash deservedly has an outstanding reputation amongst the yachting fraternity."

Jonathan Lloyd, Master Yachts Less Than 3,000GT

Online module

This course now includes unlimited access to an online module containing pre-course preparation materials, course notes, revision quizzes and lots of other useful information.

View a demonstration version
(you will need to create an account for our online learning system. Your details will not be used for marketing purposes).

When you book a place on this course you will be sent access details for the full version of the online module.

Useful tips and tricks

  1. Read though the exam syllabus
  2. Your pass certificate is valid for three years.
  3. You do not need a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) to attend this course. However you will need an NoE for your MCA oral examination. Access the application form. Allow at least six weeks (currently even more) for the NoE to be processed by the MCA.
  4. Do the ‘proper’ PSCRB course instead of ‘Advanced Sea Survival for Yachtsmen’. The latter hasnotgot an STCW Code which has the following implications: Not all flag states recognise the Advanced Sea Survival, meaning you might have to do the PSCRB later anyway. Your certificate will have a negative endorsement (‘not to be used on vessels with davit-launched life rafts’). There is also no updating course available for the Advanced Sea Survival.
  5. Pre-study makes the difference. That’s why we send you the course notes as soon as you book.
  6. Be familiar with the career progression requirements. View a simple progression chart.
  7. Did you know that you may be eligible to do the OOW Unlimited? Read our guide on how to gain OOW Unlimited certification when working in yachting.
  8. Our first-time pass rate is unsurpassed in the industry.
  9. View more FAQs.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

Plan your training

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 28 October 2019 Yes £2995 Book
Monday 13 January 2020 Yes £2995 Book
Monday 24 February 2020 Yes £2995 Book
Monday 11 May 2020 Yes £2995 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 28 October 2019


2 Weeks






Practical in-course assessment, successful completion of which will allow entry to a written examination at the end of week two. The written exam has a pass mark of 60%.

Teaching methods

Theory lectures and guided written exercises. Use of radar simulator and multi-purpose bridge simulators.


Approved ECDIS certificate.

This certificate


Master (Yachts) - Less than 500GT/3,000GT

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