Teaching Weather on the PWC course


  • Sources and significance of weather forecasts

Briefly cover: 

  • Where to find local forecasts (i.e. internet, MetOffice, local port/ marina etc
  • How to know if it is 'relevant' i.e. if you were operating in and around Poole, choosing a 'Poole' forecast will not give you the relevant information for what is happening afloat.) If time allows it could be worth showing the differences in wind data between a Poole forecast and a Poole Bay. 


  • Interpreting a relevant forecast

In more depth cover and check understanding:

  • Interpreting a local forecast (ideally for the local area and on day of your course) 
  • Identify wind direction and strength
  • Visibility 
  • Wave / sea state
  • General conditions (i.e. rain/sun etc)


  • Lee and weather shores

Lee Shore:

A stretch of shore line where the wind is blowing into shore from the sea / water. 

Risks: Being pushed onto the shore, can be rougher water (i.e. breaking waves onto the shore/beach

Weather (windward) Shore:

A stretch of shore line where the wind is blowing off the land and out to sea. 

Benefits: Generally protected & calm water

Risks: Being blown off shore 

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