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STARPATH: Marine Weather Online Home Study Course
About The Course
This course covers all aspects of practical marine weather, starting from the very basics and ending with all you need to plan your voyages — or weekend outings — safely and efficiently taking into account the weather. This is intended to be a practical course that will indeed affect your decision making when planning and underway. We only cover those aspects of the "theory" that will help us with this goal.
This course uses live weather data accessed through custom Internet links to illustrate many of the topics it covers. We will also monitor a hypothetical coastal or ocean passage at the time of the course to see how the real world evolved and what decisions might be best at the time.
No prerequisites are required, we start from the basics. Many thousands of students have successfully learned weather from these materials and gone on to bare boat chartering or day sailing or world cruising in their own boats. Please see General Course Information and Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
With the electronic components, you can take the complete course with you as you travel, or use it to search the complete set of materials for specific topics. If you prefer to work on your own without computers, you have a complete syllabus with practice exercises and answers in the printed materials. If you want extra structure to your training, then take part in the online course for more discussion and individual quizzes at each lesson.
Each Starpath course includes free access to our online Resources and discussion forums. The Student Discussion Forums are similar to our Public Discussion Forums, but they are much more extensive including all classroom discussion since 2003. We have instructors in three different time zones, so if any question comes up, just post it in the Student Discussion Forum for a quick answer—or search to see if someone has already asked the question for an even faster answer.
This course will prepare you for certification tests offered by any maritime agency or association in any nation. We also offer our own certification tests if you care to challenge yourself this way or to prepare for other tests. All students also have full access to our complete database of USCG license exam questions, which they can filter by subject or keyword.