Saturday 5th September 2020

If you have credit from cancelled NAS courses and would like to attend this course - DO NOT BOOK ONLINE. Please contact [email protected] and we will sort out your booking for you.  


Ever wondered what the weather charts really mean? Need help understanding and making best use of the shipping forecast - is the 'Isle Fair' and the 'Net Fast'? 

The course will cover what influences our weather, how to read a weather synopsis chart, and how to convert an audio shipping forecast into a weather map that makes sense.

The course is intended to help students make better judgements regarding what climatic and sea conditions they are likely to encounter during fieldwork and whether an alternate plan needs to be made to deal with the climatic conditions.


Anyone interested in how the weather can affect plans for carrying out fieldwork, and researchers and historians interested in how weather events may have affected their study subject.

5 credits will be awarded to NAS members 


A computer or tablet (phone screens are a bit small to look at for the whole day) with a good internet connection is essential. A built-in or external webcam and microphone are optional. A week before the course you will receive an invitation to the online course session which will be run through GoToMeeting. This is an online video conferencing programme that can be run directly through the internet or you get better connection if you download the small programme - it only takes a minute to do. 

If you are concerned about your computer set up, please contact the organiser at [email protected] for a test run before the course.


NAS members £30
Non-NAS members £60 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)


Tim Hutchins is a commander in the Royal Navy with post graduate qualifications in Applied Meteorology and Oceanography. He is a specialist with nearly 20 years’ experience in military oceanography and will share his knowledge of the interpreting the weather during this course. 

Ian Cundy is a NAS Senior Tutor and runs the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit. He was a boat builder for several decades and has extensive experience of UK waters that he will share with participants during this course.

TIMETABLE in British Summer Time

09:00 - 17:00 To Be Confirmed