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Coastal Ocean Weather, Currents, and Sea State: Passage Making

Coastal Ocean Weather, Currents, and Sea State: Passage Making

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Coastal Ocean Weather, Currents, and Sea State: Passage Making




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 t

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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.

Topics Covered:

  • 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
  • Specifications

    Certification: Upon course completion you will receive a Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion in Coastal Ocean Weather and Sea State

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

    Suggested Reading - Marine Medicine by Michael Jacobs

    Payments & Policies

    Marine Training Center Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Any student cancellation received by 5 days in advance of the start date of the course will receive a full refund. Any books or course materials purchased for a course can be returned for a store credit only.

    Cancellations received less than 5 days in advance will not receive any refund.

    Schedule change requests received less than 5 days in advance of the start of the course are subject to a 25% surcharge .

    Students who arrive the day of the course who have not properly registered or have not properly prepared as required under the course requirements will be asked to leave and will not receive any refund.

    Thank you.
    Wim Jessup
    Executive Director Landfall Marine Training Center

    Private classes for yacht clubs and organizations can be arranged. Please call 1-800-941-2219 Ex: 21 or email the director to discuss your request:

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