Boater's Basic Weather & Forecasting Seminar - May 18th & 19nd, 2021

Event Start Date: 5/18/2021 6:00 PM

Event End Date: 5/19/2021 9:00 PM

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Basic Weather and Forecasting Course Description

Event Summary

Learn how weather systems affect boaters.   Click 'Read More' for additional information.

Event Description

Are the winds too strong?  What is a small craft advisory?  The safety and comfort of those who venture out on the water have always been weather-dependent.  This seminar, a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course, will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat.  Understand the forecast and know what to expect, whether you're in a kayak, trawler, sailboat, or schooner.  This seminar presents a complex subject in a way that is both understandable and useful.

Each seminar participant may purchase a waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s QuickGuide – Onboard Weather Forecasting – designed for onboard and field use, along with a Student Guide with slide images and complete notes written especially for the seminar.

Basic Weather and Forecasting course will be taught on May 18th and 19th at 6:00pm, each evening. The course is being taught by the Fayetteville Sail & Power Squadron, a local organization dedicated to boating safety through educational programs, as part of the United States Power Squadrons. 

What’s Included?

  • What causes weather
  • How weather systems move
  • Why winds blow
  • What clouds tell us
  • How storms and fronts create foul weather
  • Why fog forms
  • Where to get the best professional forecasts
  • How to refine them using your own observations


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Event Specific Information

This seminar is hosted by the Pechmann Fishing Education Center in partnership with the Fayetteville Power & Sail Squadron. The course is free to attend, however publications are available for a fee of $15.00 from the Fayetteville Sail & Power Squadron.  


          Most classes have limited space and fill up quickly.   If you are not able to attend your registered program, please let us know ASAP so we can fill your spot.  Failure to cancel your registration may make you ineligible for future programming. 

          To cancel please e-mail (thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org)            


     John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center:

  • 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304
  • Located across the street from Lake Rim



      Coming from the North and East:

  •  Take 401 South towards Raeford
  • Turn right onto Gillis Hill Road (Wal-Mart will be on your left)
  •  At the stop light turn Right onto Old Raeford Road
  •  The education center will be on your right at the bottom of the hill.

     Coming from the South:

  • Take 401 North towards Fayetteville
  • Turn left onto Old Raeford Road (Food Lion will be on your right)
  • Go straight thru the stop light to stay on Old Raeford Road
  • The education center will be on your right at the bottom of the hill.


     Parking is available at the top of the hill behind the main building.


      If you have questions about this program, please contact:

  • Tom Carpenter, Center Coordinator-910.868.5003, ext. 11

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