Salish Sea Weather

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Class Overview

Have you ever been surprised by the weather or wished you had understood the weather forecast better in advance of a boating excursion? Learn how to understand the vital parts of a marine weather forecast so you know what to expect and how to prepare. 

Knowing the water conditions is critical to safe boating. Since weather conditions on the water can differ greatly from those on land, it's important to listen to the marine forecast before heading out. Learn about the science behind weather systems and the basics of global weather patterns.

Get an introduction to interpreting atmostpheric pressure, fronts, and other weather data. Become familiar with the specifics of the Salish Sea weather patterns and  hone your observational skills. Gain tools and resources that will be most valuable for you to obtain marine weather information. 

This class will help you feel more knowledgeable about weather conditions on the water and how to prepare for your next trip.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • understand the basics of global weather patterns
  • interpret atomospheric pressure, fronts, and other weather data
  • be familiar wtih the correlation between wind and sea state
  • understand specifics of Salish Sea weather routing
  • know which tools are valuable for onboard weather observation
  • access resources for obtaining marine weather information

Who Should Take This Class

  • Recreational boaters
  • Anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of marine weather forecasts and conditions


Class Details

Boating classes will be in-person at the beautiful Seattle Maritime Academy located at: 4455 Shilshole Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107.

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, everyone who comes to an in-person class (Capitol Hill, Wood Technology Center, Seattle Maritime Academy and Georgetown) will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire each day that you visit. Please take time to review the COVID Procedures:


Winter 2022

  • 1 Thursdays ; Jan 27 to Jan 27 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SCSMA; Room SC -SMA General Class -SMA0111
  • Fee : $60
  • Class ID : 38862 ; SKU : 33023