Understanding weather is a key aspect of boating safety. The operator of a pleasure craft should check the weather forecast before making the decision to head out, to prevent putting the craft or its passengers at risk.
You should also be aware of local factors (such as topography) that may affect the weather. Local people who are familiar with the area can be a good source of information for specific situations. Summer thunderstorms can strike quickly and without warning when you are navigating. Remember to keep an eye on the sky. If the sky starts to look dark and cloudy and conditions are changing rapidly, head for shore.
Marine weather forecasts can be obtained in a number of ways, including from:
If you obtain a weather forecast from Environment Canada, be sure that you understand the following terms: