MCA Navigation, Radar and ARPA
Course 408

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Preparing for MCA Navigation, Radar and ARPA

Course Description

Master Navigation, Radar, & ARPA - Course #408
This 10 day course is designed for Master of Yacht candidates pursuing their MCA Certificate of Competency or for ambitious mariners desiring to improve their knowledge and abilities in navigation, radar and ARPA. This course utilizes MPT’s SMART TM Simulation Center. This course combines classroom theory, which is led by a certificated instructor and practical training to prepare candidates for the additional responsibilities needed to upgrade to the Masters position onboard yachts and other vessels. The module will consist of sections on chart work, navigation aids, automatic radar operation and plotting. There will be practical in-course assessment throughout and satisfactory completion of this assessment will allow the student entry to the final written examination at the end of the course. 
Subjects on Exam Include:
This module is to be split into sections, Navigation, Radar, ARPA and Simulation. 
Passage Planning
ECDIS (note prerequisite for this course is an ECDIS Course #601 or equivalent MCA Approved 40 hour Course)
Fuel consumption and range
Application of the Collision Regulations
Search and Rescue
Radar & ARPA (management level)
Extensive pre-study is necessary to have an expectation of passing the examination on day 10. Candidates are encouraged to download the MCA Syllabus for this course from the MCA website as well as order the MPT textbook well in advance and spend as much time as possible conducting a comprehensive study of the information before arriving on the course. The textbook can be obtained from the Student Services Office in hard copy or in digital format by request.
Candidates are re asked to register in advance to have sufficient study time and are responsible for requesting their textbook and completing the pre-study needed to be prepared to undertake the course and exam. 
To achieve a pass the candidate must achieve at least 60%.

10 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

PASSPORT for Photo ID, Paper, Pencil, Pen, 2 Highlighters (different colors), Scientific Calculator, Plotting Tools, Chart Quality Eraser, Call to get your notes in advance - recommended.