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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-the-water learning events—Only at the boat show!

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Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, on-the-water workshops designed to add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!

Learn from experts: All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.
All participants must be capable of performing as an active crew member while underway. 

One-Hour Powerboating Workshops

Powerboaters may choose from three skills-building sessions:

  • Basic Docking and Fundamental Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills
  • Open Water Boat Handling and Safety
  • Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting

Advance registration fee is $20 for each event or $25 at the show. Price does not include boat show admission. For details, course descriptions and to register in advance  CLICK HERE.

Three-Hour Powerboating Workshops

These three-hour, underway sessions feature additional skills training and more practice time for an even greater learning experience. Choose from: 

  • Powerboating Made Easy
  • Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control in Tight Spaces

Advance registration highly recommended. Registration fee: $99 advance online registration  or $125 at the show Participants who register in advance will also receive FREE boat show admission for the day. CLICK HERE for additional details, daily schedule & online registration.  

Three-Hour Sailing Workshops

Held underway, these workshops are an excellent learning opportunity, and feature hands-on skills-building exercises. Sailors may choose from:

  • Introduction to Sailing
  • Advanced Sailing Skills
  • Advanced Docking under Power

Advance registration highly recommended. Registration fee: $99 advance online registration  or $125 at the show Participants who register in advance will also receive FREE boat show admission for the day. CLICK HERE for additional details, daily schedule & online registration. 

Register today! Space in these popular events is extremely limited. 

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center 

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Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for free seminars and workshops. Daily sessions will cover a variety of topics, including demos and question/answer sessions. Certified marine service technician "Fred", brings more than 35 years of boating and marine service experience to the Shed.

Stop by for professional, practical advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor. It's all FREE!

CLICK HERE for a complete schedule and session descriptions.

Try It Cove—Paddles Up and Family Fun!

Learn all about the exciting world of paddle sports. From kayak fishing to stand up paddleboarding, experts will be on hand to demonstrate why these healthy outdoor activities have become all the rage.Bic Sup riding waves

In 2013 more than 8.2 million Americans participated in recreational kayaking and more than 1.2 million participated in Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), both showing dramatic increases from 2010-2011, according to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2012 Topline Report. At this year's show, you can test drive SUPs and kayaks and discover for yourself the fun of paddlesports.

Free Paddlesport Demos offered daily

Bring your swimsuit or wetsuit and towel to the show, or use gear available onsite—your choice!


Want to learn more about paddlesports & fitness? Be sure to check out these programs!   

Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) 
This 90-minute class will introduce you to the exciting sport of stand up paddleboarding and will inspire you to start paddling on your own. It begins with a short dry land instruction including an SUP warm-up, overview of proper water safety and SUP etiquette before moving to the on the water session. During the on-the-water session you will learn proper SUP paddling strokes, develop good balance, learn where and how to stand, learn board maneuvering skills, reboarding techniques and water safety concerns. 

SUP Yoga
SUP Yoga brings the practice and art of yoga and stand up paddleboarding together. The first 30 minutes is dedicated to learning how to properly use a paddleboard and peacefully paddle around the harbor. The remaining hour is dedicated to yoga on the SUP board. 

Hobie Kayak Spin Classes
The Hobie MirageDrive an incredibly robust, revolutionary propulsion pedal-driven system that moves the kayak forward just as if you were riding a bike! The MirageDrive and the seat are adjustable to accommodates a wide size range of pedalers. The kayak spin series is the equivalent of a stationary bike spin class, but it's held on the water. This workout combines your largest muscles, your legs to pedal & your upper body core strength to paddle!

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Ever dreamed of being a Super Hero—flying through the air or speeding underwater? Flyboard can make that dream a reality! Flyboard combines the thrills of jet skiing, snowboarding and acrobatic diving and lets you fly like a bird and swim like a dolphin. 

Developed by Zapata Racing in Spring 2011, Flyboard works with a PWC. Once strapped onto the Flyboard , users control movement by tilting their feet. Handheld nozzles help with stabilization, similar to ski poles. 
 
You have to see it to believe it! Click here. You can also see the Flyboard in action at Try It Cove. Demos will be held daily.

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Try scuba in a heated pool! During the past seven years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at a DEMA “Be a Diver Pool”. Now it’s your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool. Bring your swim suit—we will supply all the scuba gear! It's a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."

Bring your swimsuit or wetsuit and towel to the show, or use gear available onsite—your choice!

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Presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society of America

Take a step back in time and admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage craft displayed where they were made to be used...on the water.

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