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How to read the weather before you go boating


Are you ready to set sail, but not sure if the weather and wind are suitable for boating? No worries, mate! In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to figure out if it’s safe to hit the water and have a blast on your boat. Learning how to read the weather before you boat is critical to your enjoyment and safety. So, grab your smartphone, open up the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) app, and follow along!

Step 1: Check the weather

The first thing you’ll want to do is check the weather. Now that you’ve downloaded the Bureau of Meteorology app, open it up and take a look at the current conditions. Is it sunny and calm, or are there dark clouds on the horizon? Pay attention to the wind speed and direction, as well as any warnings or alerts about storms or high seas. Remember to make sure you’re looking at the correct area. For more in-depth analysis, the BOM website contains breakdowns of regional marine forecasts

Screenshot of the BOM website UI

Step 2: Know your boat

Every boat is different and suitable for different conditions. Before heading out, make sure you know the maximum wind and wave conditions that your boat can safely handle. Take a minute to think about your vessel and its capabilities. Is it built for speed or stability? Can it handle choppy waters or rough seas? Knowing what your boat can handle will help you make an informed decision about whether or not it’s safe to take it out in the current conditions. As the saying goes: 

The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.

– Benjamin Hoff

Step 3: Consult the experts

If you’re still not sure whether or not it’s safe to go boating, it’s always a good idea to consult the experts. Call your local marina or boating association and ask for their advice. They will have more information about local conditions or be able to provide you with recommendations based on your boat’s size and capabilities. Of course, we ourselves can also provide you with the expert know-how you require to make intelligent decisions on before you get on, and, on the water. 

Step 4: Invest in private training

Following on from Step 3, if you’re planning a boating trip in an area that you’re not familiar with or you’re just feeling a bit unsure about your skills, it’s worth investing in private training. A qualified boating instructor can teach you how to handle your boat in a variety of conditions, from high winds to heavy rain. It’s not enough to know whether or not you should go out. You also need to be prepared about what to do if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse. With the right training, you’ll feel more confident and prepared to handle any challenges that may arise.

Step 5: When in doubt, don’t go out!

The most important thing to remember when boating is safety. If you’re still not sure whether or not it’s safe to take your boat out on the water, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Don’t hesitate to call off your trip or turn back if conditions become too rough. You can always find another day to go out. Your boat and (most importantly) your crew will thank you for it!


So there you have it, folks! With these simple steps, you’ll how to read the weather before you boat, ensuring a great, safe day out on the water. Remember to use the Bureau of Meteorology app, know your boat, consult the experts, invest in private training, and when in doubt, don’t go out! If you’re looking for professional boat training and certification in Sydney, look no further. Contact us here for expert training to prepare you for all your boating adventures.