Weather Course June 6, 2023


Weather Course Overview

Interpreting weather can be a minefield to navigate through and is one of our most significant hazards in the outdoors. This course is designed to give you a better understanding of weather from a global, national and then local perspective. To take data provided across various models and decipher a forecast & what that means for your weekend trip away. This course looks at understanding how to gather data online as well as in the field so we can make good decisions fast.

Our weather course is interactive, practical and perfect for the outdoor community who are looking for relevant information in an easy to understand format.



Weather Course Location

This course is broken into 4 parts. Each part is delivered in person at the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association, North Canterbury Branch club rooms: 599 McLean’s Island Road
Christchurch from 7- 9 pm on a Tuesday night. The course will run over 4 weeks from the scheduled start date.


All workshops will be hosted live (online) so if you can’t make it you’re able to join either via zoom or watch the recording at a time convenient for you.


The dates for this course will be:

Part 1: 30 May

Part 2: 06 June

Part 3: 13 June

Part 4: 20 June.

**Where there are 5 people or less available for the in-person training, we will run the course over zoom only**





What gear will I need? Just a notebook and pen.

We will have resources and a takeaway handbook that covers all of the information in the course.



We appreciate this is a course that many kiwis and Australians might want to be a part of, but can’t make it due to travel constraints. We will be able to invite participants on a zoom link to join in our live workshop so you can ask your questions in real-time and be a part of our class.


Weather Course Includes


Global Weather

  • Where it all starts

    OENZ van
  • Cells and trade winds
  • Coriolis effect
  • Air pressure measurements and what it all means
  • Low pressure (global)
  • High Pressure (global)



Weather dynamics

  • How rain is formed
  • 4 ways of lifting
  • Anabatic/katabatic winds
  • FAFL
  • Weather cycles





Synoptic Charts and Forecasting

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Synoptic Charts


  • Reading  synoptic charts
  • Using metadata charts
  • Collating data from various models and interpreting the information
  • Reliability vs variability
  • Understanding Weather systems
    • High pressure (local influences)
    • Low Pressure (local Influences)
  • Frontal systems
    • Cold front
    • Warm fronts
    • Occluded fronts
    • Stationary fronts
    • Troughs
    • Ridges
  • Timeframes for weather travel




Field observations – “Nowcast vs Forecast” 

  • Cloud identification

    Field observations
  • Finding wind direction
  • Predicting wind speed
  • Predicting air temperature and FAFL
  • Predicting field changes










Weather courses run in June and are also a part of our 7 day bushcraft course. Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses and private training can be arranged on alternative dates by request.




Phone: +64 3 329 9076                                Email: [email protected]


*Minimum people needed to run a course

Course booking form

Weather Booking Form

Course Cost: $199 NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.
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Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

Please contact us for more dates!