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Weather - Online Classes available from USPS and the University of West Fla.


Weather Course Description

Learn how to recognize early signs of changing weather and how to anticipate storms, squalls, fog, and wind shifts. You can check the forecast before you leave, but it might be hours old and doesn't necessarily reflect the conditions in your area. Familiarize yourself with basic weather elements to understand how they will affect your boating experience and much more. Weather makes the difference between a great day and a lousy day on the water. This seminar will teach you to recognize and prepare for weather coming your way.

USPS offers an online weather course:
Regular (non-member) price is $30.00.

Another option is to take the course offered by the University of West Florida. USPS ONLINE Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar 2016/17 is a general weather course benefiting those sitting in their living rooms, as much as those standing behind the helm. Each student receives:

  • a Weather Manual - USPS Weather - an explanatory text with full color photographs and drawings covering weather in the United States and its coastal and inland waters;
  • a set of three Daily Weather Maps - learning aids with a compete explanation of map symbols designed to develop weather map reading and analysis skills; and
  • NOAA's Sky Watcher Chart - a reference to assist in identifying cloud types and helpful indicators of approaching weather.

Please reference the latest registration information at:

Registration is open all year. Start at your own convenience!


USPS Online Courses and Seminars

  • USPS member (includes books): $24.00
  • Non-USPS member (includes books): $30.00