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Coastal Ocean Weather, Currents, and Sea State: Passage Making Considerations and Medical Emergencies

An introduction to the factors governing the weather, currents, and surface waves in coastal waters extending seaward from the bays and estuaries to the edge of the continental shelf. The Newport to Bermuda Race is divided into three parts: from Newport to the Gulf Steam, The Gulf Stream, from the Steam to Bermuda . This course will help you understand what is going on from Newport to the Stream as well as prepare you for the start of your passage to the Caribbean or even Transatlantic.

Course Includes a 45 minute segment on Medical Emergencies at Sea presented by Dr. Kim Zeh. Medical Emergencies at Sea will discuss the many emergencies you may encounter, how to deal with them at sea, and how to properly prepare your Emergency Medical Kit.

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Receive a 10% discount toward your next Landfall purchase, upon course completion. Restrictions apply.

#SRV-COWSS $225.00
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This course will focus on the relationships between small, transient weather phenomena and the large atmospheric high and low pressures systems. Additional considerations will focus on the influence of the generated winds on the movement of coastal waters and how these winds and currents interact and affect one another and modify local tides, tidal currents and sea state. The discussion of surface wind waves will provide a basis for the evaluation of wave/current interactions and the resulting sea state conditions as they affect small boat navigation.

For each subject area lectures introducing the topic will be supplemented by hands-on exercises and selected read-ahead materials allowing students to become familiar with the primary source materials used by professional navigators and routing software.
  • Sea Breeze
  • Thunderstorms
  • Squall lines
  • Forecast methods, and the relationships
  • Tides and Tidal currents and the generation
  • Surface Wind & Current Affect on Waves for and Sea State
Certification: Upon course completion you will receive a Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion in Coastal Ocean Weather and Sea State

Handouts and guidance on read-ahead materials will be provided.

Suggested Reading - Marine Medicine by Michael Jacobs