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Basic Weather and Forecasting MaterialsBASIC WEATHER AND FORECASTING

Are the winds too strong?  What is a small craft advisory?  The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather dependent.  This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat.  Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you're in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner.  This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.

Each seminar participant receives a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar. An optional waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s QuickGuide – Onboard Weather Forecasting – designed for onboard and field use is also available.

Basic Weather and Forecasting may be taken in a squadron-run session or as a fully interactive online learning experience titled Weather for Boaters.  Either way, this comprehensive seminar can be completed in 2-4 hours.

What’s Included?
  • What causes weather
  • How weather systems move
  • Why winds blow
  • What clouds tell us
  • How storms and fronts create foul weather
  • Why fog forms
  • Where to get the best professional forecasts
  • How to refine them using your own observations

Find this seminar near you. You can take this seminar on-line if more convenient!

Here's a sample of the on-line seminar.