At C-MASTERS, we have created a selection of 'must do' courses. After several years of providing training we know which topics and skills are considered complex by students. Most of these topics are touched upon in the RYA shorebased courses and in practical courses. However, a more intensive training is needed to become a confident skipper.

While preparing your passage or being underway, it is essential to properly understand the present weather and being aware of upcoming changes or negative surprises. Just checking an average weather app on a smartphone is not good seamanship. Knowing what to expect will keep you safe and maximise enjoyment for you and your crew.

This course is a 'must do' for skippers who wish to learn key aspects of meteorology and practically applying the forecast for passages on coastal waters or further offshore.

This course is strongly recommended for anyone preparing for a Yachtmaster exam.





MASTERCLASS: Meteorology and Weather Forcasting


Course content

This one-day classroom course is available for anyone who wishes to demystify meteorology, understand wind and weather systems and how it affects an envisioned passage.

The aim of this course is to give a thorough background into meteorology and becoming skilled in spotting weather trends. We explain what causes weather, and how to incorporate forecasts in your plan for an enjoyable and safe passage.

This is also an ideal course for Yachtmaster candidates in preparation of their Yachtmaster Offshore examination.

The course includes the following topics:

  • Principles of weather systems
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Global circulation
  • Jet stream
  • Air masses
  • Pressure systems
  • Frontal systems
  • Cloud development & forecasting
  • Wind
  • Perticipation
  • Different types of fog
  • Using weather charts
  • Using weather apps and other sources
  • Including weather elements in planning the passage




Details of this course

Recommended knowledge: Essential Navigation or equivalent/higher level


Recommended experience: Making passages during day or night


Location: We offer this course at our centres in the Netherlands and in Belgium


Duration: one full day 



  • One-day classroom course                    225 euro


 What's included

  • Classroom course at our training centre 
  • Lunch, coffee and thee
  • Training and coaching by our instructor 
  • Free parking at our premises


Supporting books

We recommend the RYA Weather handbook and the Reeds Maritime Meteorology handbook.


Supporting courses

The RYA shorebased navigation classroom courses include practicing scenarios for passage planning on the basis of weather forecasts.


Details of this course


    Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

    • 5 June
    • 18 October

    Course dates at our training centre in the Brussels city area:

    • 24 May
    • 26 July
    • 29 November


    Overview of all our own C-MASTERS expert course



    Advanced Boat Handling


    Learn the correct methods for safely manoeuvre a cruising yacht in a harbour and in confined spaces. Understand the fundamentals of boat handling and get the skills to master manoeuvring anywhere.



    Advanced Navigation and Pilotage


    This is the course you need to master the art of effective navigation during pilotage. We will teach you advanced navigational techniques, as well as acquainted with pilotage planning and smart tactical techniques for close quarter navigation. 

    Meteorology and weather forecasting


    Whether it a short daytime passage or a long offshore passage, an experienced skipper does know what weather can be expected during the voyage. This requires a good understanding of meteorology and ability to properly analyse the available weather forecasts.

    Practical Radar Operator training

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    This two day masterclass is a combination of theory and extensive practical hands-on training. The training includes making real passages on board of one of our yachts while working with radar during fictive night sailing and restricted visibility situations.

    Offshore and coastal Passage Planning


    This course is a 'must do' for skippers who wish to learn a pragmatic and practical method for planning passages on coastal waters or further offshore. This course is strongly recommended for anyone preparing for a Yachtmaster exam.


    Mediterranean Yachting Skills


    Mooring your boat in the Med doesn't have to be stressful at all. We will teach you the techniques step-by-step during one of our course weekends.






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