Radar Observer Endorsement

Upcoming Classes


Course Details

Course Overview

Many mid and upper level Coast Guard licenses require radar as a prerequisite to license issue. Radar Observer certification is available to any mariner to add credentials to a license, especially if operating a radar equipped vessel even if the radar equipment is not mandated by regulations.

This course is available in four formats:

Select option below that suits your needs and then refer to the Class Location Finder for upcoming courses in your area

  • Radar Unlimited is a five-day course for all waters.
  • Radar Inland is a four-day course for inland waters only
  • Radar Rivers is a three-day course for rivers.
  • Radar Recertification is a four-hour course to renew any of the above courses. The Radar Observer endorsement must be renewed every five years.

A Certificate of Competency is issued upon completion which is presented to the Coast Guard so that RADAR may be added as an endorsement to your license.

Course Schedule

Please refer to the online schedule for the format you are interested, choose dates and locations that suit your needs.

Office Locations

This course is taught at several different campuses including:

  • Bayou La Batre, AL
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • New York Area
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Charleston, SC