This is the same course that representatives of a large segment of the industry mocked and ridiculed as being irrelevant and unnecessary to a working mariner.
I don't know if it was the towing sector of the industry that you're referring to, but unfortunately that would be a typical response by most of our mariners, too. If ever there were a pair of courses that ought to be mandatory for all deck officers, regardless of tonnage or trade-restriction, basic & advanced meteorology would be it, excepting those with Rivers endorsements to basic met only. I know that's a blasphemous statement, but it's true.
Too many among us just listen to or look at the basic NOAA marine forecasts, taking them at face value, and then go semi-blindly forth. Especially on the longer coastwise trips. It really is shameful when people who ought to know better do this as a matter of course and complain about after-the-fact "over-regulation" as a result of accidents & incidents, if not outright disasters. It's even worse when their mates learn from the example set for them by masters who don't need no steen-king training.
This is one of the few subjects that generally needs to be initially taught from the classroom. Trying to teach/learn it on-the-job is very, very difficult and unnecessarily slow. Been there, done that. Yeah, I know, "school sucks, waste of time, blah, blah, blah." Bullshit.