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Course: Basic Marine Weather

by Bluewater Cruising Association 30 Oct 2022 22:34 UTC 19 November 2022
Basic Marine Weather © Bluewater Cruising Association

If you are a cruiser who will be sailing in internal waters, have access to VHF radio broadcasts (and/or the internet) and are interested in knowing about the weather in your local area, then this course is for you!

Build your confidence. Learn how to look at the environment around you, combine that with the weather report, and apply it to your immediate situation.

  • Brent Alley
  • Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr., Sidney
  • 19 Nov 2022 0900h - 1200h
  • Members $50 / Non-Members $65
  • Brent Alley, VI Education Watchkeeper

If this sounds like a tall order for a 3-hour course, that's because you've probably never taken a course from Scott Crawshaw before. He not only knows his stuff, he knows how to teach it.

Course participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of weather, which includes:

  • Air Circulation Patterns
  • Pressure, Temperature and Moisture
  • Air Masses; Fronts and Cyclogenesis
  • Fog, Clouds and Precipitation; and
  • Interpreting Weather Maps
Note: Do not register for this course if you have already signed up for or intend to take Scott's Intermediate Weather Course since Basic Marine Weather is included as part of that course.


Scott Crawshaw has sailed for over 40 years and has over 50,000 miles of ocean water experience. This includes skippering the Royal Canadian Navy's Tall Ship, HMCS Oriole and four years of offshore sailing with his family aboard Peregrinata. His qualifications include a Transport Canada Master Mariner, unlimited tonnage; a Navy Surface Command Qualification, unlimited tonnage; an ISPA instructor, a CYA Yachtmaster, and a CRYA Ocean Yachmaster Instructor.

He has sailed extensively in the Pacific, twice to Australia and five times to and from Hawaii. He has participated in a number of international yacht races including four Victoria to Maui International Yacht Races where he was the winning skipper of the 2000 race and is the corrected time record holder. In addition, he has competed in numerous Swiftsure races and a Van-Isle 360. From 2002-2006 he cruised with his wife and two daughters down the coast of the Americas and across the South Pacific, including the Galapagos, to Australia.

Scott has a degree in Physics and Physical Oceanography from Royal Roads Military College. He lives in Victoria, with his wife Sonia, and, recently retired from the RCN, has become a full time grandpa.

For more information and to register – Click here.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of Bluewater Cruising Association.

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