Course Description

This is an entry level course designed to provide mariners with a basic knowledge of: the characteristics of the various weather systems, reporting procedures and recording systems; use of meteorological instruments found on board ships; interpretation of weather information; interpretation of a synoptic chart, and weather routing.


Required for the following certificates of competencies:

  • Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal,
  • Watchkeeping Mate,
  • Master 150T, Domestic
  • Master 500T, Domestic
  • Master 500T, Near Coastal


Books & Supplies:

  • Student Manual
  • Textbook – Reeds, Maritime Meteorology. Latest Edition. (Required)
  • Textbook – Lange, Living With Weather Along the British Columbia Coast (Optional)
  • Textbook – The Wind came all Ways, A Quest to Understanding Winds, Waves, and Weather in the Georgia basin (Optional)
  • Textbook – Ahrens, Meteorology Today (Optional)
  • Workbook – Ahrens, Workbook & Study Guide (Optional)
  • Textbook - Bishop, A mariners guide to Radio-facsimile Weather Charts (Optional)
  • Textbook – Burch, Modern marine Weather  (Optional)

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Camosun College is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories
of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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