MIA Launches Extreme Weather Preparedness Course

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has launched an online extreme weather preparedness course for marinas. The course is applicable for marinas anywhere in the world susceptible to weather events induced by extreme wind, rain or temperature. While hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons are the most prominent of weather events to impact marinas, the course also covers preparedness for extreme impacts from freezing; wind, rain and hail events and from other induced impacts, such as storm surge and flood.

The Club Marine Extreme Weather Preparedness Course evolved from a face-to-face half-day course that was rolled out across Australia during 2018. The course was further refined to meet the needs of the global marina market. This shorter online and interactive course is available anytime, anywhere with a computer and internet access.

The course informs participants about the destructive forces of extreme weather and looks at options to better secure marina or boatyard infrastructure. The course touches on legal and insurance implications and outlines steps to evaluate many structural aspects including floating docks, cleat sizes and sea wall protection. Tips for boat owners are provided to minimize boat and marina damage. How to develop and implement an extreme weather plan is central to the course. Recent case studies of various types of extreme weather events are also included.

To participate in the course go to the MIA website, click on training then click on extreme weather preparedness. A certificate of participation is issued at the conclusion of the course subject to satisfactory completion of the on-line test.