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!
These hands on, underway events are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. Space in these popular events is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.
CLICK HERE for more detail on these on water educational opportunities
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.
See and learn everything you’ll need to know 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.
Learn what’s hot in fishing kayaks, recreational kayaks, stand up paddleboards and whitewater kayaks. Free expert instruction offered throughout the show. Come see the boats in action and try one out for free!
What’s SUP? Check out the fastest growing paddlesport – Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP). Learn how SUP’s are used to catch fish, catch rays and catch waves! Test one out during demo time. If fitness is your thing, then check out the SUP Yoga & Fitness programs being offered daily at 11:30am & 2:30pm.
Free Paddlesport Demos offered daily – Test out kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards for free.
Bring your swimsuit or wetsuit and towel to the show, or use gear available onsite—your choice!
The Amped UP Midwest SUP Cup Series provides a professional competitive platform for stand up paddlers of all backgrounds and skill levels. This new seven SUP race series is a traveling series that combines both some of the best lake and river paddling throughout the Midwest.
Join us on Sunday, June 16 to compete in these categories:
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.
Take a step back in time and admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage craft as they're displayed as intended...on the water.