Covers all technical items including: installation, commissioning, operation and troubleshooting. 

Part of the requirements to become a FarSounder certified technician.

Gratis for Dealers and Customers

Get trained for free.

FarSounder dealers and customers receive complimentary access to this class. Email with your company name or vessel name to request your discount code.

Becoming a Certified FarSounder Technician

This class is geared towards anyone interested in diving deep into all technical aspects of our products, including vessel superintendents, ship's engineers, and technicians. 

Technicians associated with a FarSounder dealer can also qualify to become a Certified FarSounder Technician. 

Upon completion of this class, dealer technicians must successfully complete a one-on-one review session to become certified. The purpose of this review is to:

  • confirm participant's understanding of the materials,
  • provide participants the opportunity to ask further questions about what we’ve presented, and
  • build a personal relationship with participants so that we can better support them moving forward.

Certification is valid for 2 years and can be renewed by completing a short review class.

Course duration: about 8 hours

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Welcome

    • How to Use This Course

    • Before We Get Started

  • 2

    Product Overview

    • FarSounder's Navigation Products

    • Hardware Overview

    • Software Overview

    • Quiz: Product Overview

  • 3

    FarSounder Technology Background

    • What Makes FarSounder Special

    • Quiz: What Makes Us Special

    • Forward Looking Sonar Metrics

    • Quiz: Important Metrics

  • 4

    Installation Design

    • Overview of the Installation Design Process

    • Transducer Module Installation Design

    • Examples of Transducer Module Installations

    • Quiz: Considerations for Transducer Module Installation

    • Power Module and Cable Installation Design

    • Integration Onboard the Vessel

    • Quiz: Inboard Equipment Installations

  • 5

    Shipboard Installation

    • Overview of the Shipyard Installation Process

    • Terminating the Sonar Connection Cable

    • Connecting the Power Module

    • Connecting to the Transducer Module

    • Quiz: Physical Connections

    • The Customer Hardware Acceptance Test

    • How to Perform a CHAT

    • Quiz: CHAT Testing

    • Installation of Equipment and Software

    • Quiz: Sonar Hardware, Computers, and Software

  • 6


    • Commissioning Background

    • The Harbor Acceptance Test

    • System Acceptance Testing

    • Quiz: The Commissioning Process

  • 7

    Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Service

    • Typical System Maintenance

    • Vessel Maintenance and Dry Dock Procedures

    • Quiz: Maintenance

    • Troubleshooting

    • Service, Repairs, and Warranty

    • Quiz: Troubleshooting, Service, and Repair

  • 8

    Using the SonaSoft Software

    • The 3D Viewer

    • The Chart Viewer

    • The Sonar Processor

    • The Configuration Manager

    • Global Controls

    • Local History Mapping Explained

    • Quiz: User Interface and Display

    • Understanding the Sonar Data

    • Quiz: Interpreting the Data

  • 9

    Example Scenarios and Discussion

    • Scenario: Calm, Uncrowded Environment, Flat Bottom

    • Quiz: Calm, Uncrowded Environment, Flat Bottom

    • Scenario: Deep Water Bridge Approach

    • Quiz: Deep Water Bridge Approach

    • Scenario: Shallow Water Bridge Approach

    • Quiz: Shallow Water Bridge Approach

    • Scenario: Harbor Examples

    • Quiz: Harbor Examples

    • Scenario: Transit Along a Pier

    • Quiz: Transit Along a Pier

    • Scenario: Directly Approaching a Pier

    • Quiz: Directly Approaching a Pier

    • Scenario: Long Range Shoal Approach

    • Quiz: Long Range Shoal Approach

    • Scenario: Detection Beyond the Bottom Mapping Range Examples

    • Quiz: Detection Beyond the Bottom Mapping Range Examples

    • Scenario: Very Deep Water Transiting Over a Shoal

    • Quiz: Very Deep Water Transiting Over a Shoal

    • Scenario: Examples of Environmental Interference

    • Quiz: Examples of Environmental Interference

  • 10

    Course Completion

    • Conclusion

    • Class Completion Survey