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Sail & Power Squadron offers free seminar on weather conditions

By Staff | Jan 12, 2010

The Sanibel-Captiva Sail & Power Squadron, a non-profit boating education oranization, is offering a public seminar on weather on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Sanibel Public Library, located at 770 Dunlop Road.

Experienced safe vessel operators know to check the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for local weather conditions before setting out on the water. Weather conditions can be checked on TV channel 25.

Even with this information, rapidly changing weather conditions can convert what was a delightful day on the water into a real challenge. The seminar explains how using your own senses will help you determine what new conditions you may be encountering when at sea. A few examples are understanding clouds and their changes, understanding changing winds and their direction, changes in air pressure, and changes in temperature.

For safety-conscious boaters, it can tell you if had better head to home port.

The seminar is presented by a professional engineer, who has been inspired to recognize weather patterns to aid him in enjoying his many times at sea or in the air as a pilot. This is an extremely interesting course you do not want to miss.

For reservations or more information, contact Roger Heider at 395-0959 or Dick Squitieri at 395-9030.