Those successfully completing this course will be able to make efficient and effective use of the radar as a navigational aid in congested and confined waters, recognize potential threats and make valid navigational and collision-avoidance decisions based on sound radar observation and plotting in compliance with the International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG).

They will be aware of the time needed to appreciate that a dangerous situation is developing, to decide upon, take appropriate action and to ascertain that such action is adequate and does not give rise to further conflicts with other vessels. They will also realize that excessive speed in poor visibility reduces the time available to assess a threat and to make appropriate action. The ability to plan, organize and manage a bridge team, making use of all navigational data, will also be achieved. Successful completion of this course will also provide the ability to respond to, co-ordinate with and execute a search and rescue operation.