Features at a Glance

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training/lib/img/gallery/img11421162257.jpg

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year the Chicago In-Water Boat Show features a selection of on water learning events designed to add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your boating skills up a notch. Whether you are interested  in sailing or powerboating, there’s something for everyone —from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!   


Choose Your Event 


There are several hands-on, skills building CLINICS that provide instruction on specific powerboating or sailing skills. Choose one...or several. You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime. There is a nominal registration fee for each session.
For a more in depth experience and more practice time, there are several 3-hour, underway workshop available. Sailors can choose from Introduction to Sailing or Advanced Sailing Skills while Powerboaters may participate in Powerboating Made Easy and Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control. 
Registration fee includes boat show admission for the day.Pparticipants younger than age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.   

Learn from experts

These hands on, underway events are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. Space in these popular events is limited; advance registration is highly recommended.

Check back soon for a complete schedule and to register


Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center 

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades./lib/img/gallery/img1111298567.png

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 one and half hour class will introduce you to the exciting sport of stand up paddleboarding and will inspire you to start paddling on your own. The class will begin with a short dry land instruction that will include a 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. Thu 4pm, Fri 3pm, Sat 11am, Sun 2pm


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. 


It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a boat. It's a Flyboard! /lib/img/gallery/img1352074442.png

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 .


/lib/img/gallery/img1249115816.jpgBe a Diver Pool

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!

/lib/img/gallery/img1359115242.pngChicago Banana Boat Rides/lib/img/gallery/img135911532.jpg

Jump on the longest, coolest, wildest, wettest ride in all Chicago!  Depart from Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor and zoom around the Alder Planetarium and back! You’ll see The John G. Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, Navy Pier and the entire Chicago skyline on a banana boat ride!  These banana boat rides are fun for the whole family! Space is limited so you’ll need to sign up at the Chicago Water Sports Rental booth, 141, to reserve your spot. There is a $10 fee per person.