BOATsmart! USA Knowledge Base

Module 03 - Getting on the Water

Using Your Local Weather and Water Reports

Find the latest weather reports by turning on your T.V., tuning into your VHF FM radio, or going online. You should also check the weather the good, old-fashioned way—go outside and take a good look at the sky and the water! Avoid having to deal with severe weather by doing your homework and finding the weather report BEFORE you leave the dock!

It’s the boat operator’s responsibility to decide whether to continue or to make adjustments to a trip if the weather forecast is less than ideal.

Official weather reports for boaters are provided through the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). You can listen to the NOAA’s weather updates on the radio on the following stations:

  • WX1 (162.550 MHz).
  • WX2 (162.400 MHz).
  • WX3 (162.475 MHz).

The NOAA provides a visual alert system to warn boaters when weather and or/water conditions become dangerous.

 

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