Sea Kayaker: Marine Weather Seminar

By Nick on April 4, 2012

To all paddlers on Vancouver Island, Active Sea Kayaking is holding another Marine Weather Seminar in Victoria during the month of April.  Our speaker Hamish Murray is a Professional Marine Weather Forecaster for Environment Canada, and a kayaker, who teaches meteorology courses across the country.

Date: April 15th, 9am to 5pm
Location: Victoria
Cost: $50

This is a great opportunity to spend the day with a professional forecaster who has a deep understanding of weather at sea and the ability to talk about it in a kayaker’s vocabulary and from a kayaker’s perspective.  Hamish has been doing talks like this for Environment Canada for a long time.  He will be bringing tons of materials, a very lively presentation and some weather scenarios for discussion.  He will talk about how the Marine Weather Forecast is presented, why, and what you as a kayaker should pay attention to.  He will also be covering the Marine Forecast, Extended Forecast, Marine Weather Synopsis, Wave Height, Wave Development, Significant Wave Height Calculation, Weather Report Shorthand, and answering your questions.  Weather forecasting is one of the most elusive skills sea kayakers have to develop and this is a chance to talk to and ask questions of a Forecaster from Environment Canada.  Whether you are starting out or looking for advanced tips, I think you will get something out of the day.

The day will be divided in two parts:

Morning Session: 9 to 12am
A basic introduction to weather, covering vocabulary, the forecast information we are looking for, the relevant things to note down. The last hour will be open for questions to keep things interactive and personal.

Afternoon Session: 1 to 4pm
We will cover more advanced weather related subjects such as Weather systems and fronts, weather data maps, long range forecasting… and the last hour will be left open for questions.

Contact us by email or by phone at 250-507-8877.

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