Discover Boating and the Recreational Powerboating Association presents a series of 4 separate on-water skills building clinics for powerboaters. The registration fee for each session is $15 and participation is limited to 4 persons per boat. Boat show admission is not included.
Hone your docking skills and practice close quarters maneuvering with a professional, certified instructor from the RPBA. Learn the fundamentals of docking and boat control including maneuvering in tight spaces, backing down in a straight line in a narrow channel and operating close to piers, pilings and other boats with confidence. This class is designed for all boaters who wish to improve their boat control skills in close-quarters situations.
The ability to confidently maneuver a boat in tight spaces is the hallmark of a competent skipper. This hands-on session covers advanced, precision boat control techniques including managing wind and current in close quarters situations, momentum control, strategies for maneuvering in confined spaces and close to docks, piers, pilings and other vessels. This event is ideal for experienced boaters as well as those who are thinking about moving up in boat size or class.
Helmsmanship - the ability to steer and handle a boat well - can't be learned from a book or in a classroom. In this clinic, you will take the helm to learn the specific skills you need to be a competent boat operator including: handling waves and wakes safely, correct application of the navigation rules for meeting, crossing and overtaking, sound signals required by the Rules of the Road, passenger safety considerations and more. This program is designed for skippers and crew of all experience levels.
Anchoring is an important seamanship skill that helps insure the safety of your vessel and increases boating enjoyment. You'll take part in hands-on anchoring exercises and learn how to set the anchor correctly and securely, weigh anchor, free a fouled anchor and strategies for anchoring in adverse/changing conditions. Each session will also teach techniques for rafting up with other vessels at anchor. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.
Space in these highly acclaimed evernts is very limited, so advance registration is encouraged. To check the daily schedule and reserve space in the powerboat clinic(s) of your choice, CLICK HERE.
Participants may also register for clinics at the “Welcome to the Water” Hands on Learning Center during the boat show on a space available basis.
Essential skills are best learned through practical experience. Participants in this highly effective program will learn at the helm through hands-on exercises that include fundamental docking skills and maneuvering in tight spaces, how to use a chart to determine your position, identifying buoys and channel markers, applying the rules of the road, anchoring, handling waves and wakes safely in open water and much more.
Taught by a USCG licensed and RPBA certified professional instructor, this 3 hour event is ideal for new boaters as well as those who have had no prior formal training. There is an advance registration fee of $99 which includes boat show admission for the day. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and able to participate as an active crew member while underway.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION FOR POWERBOATING MADE EASY IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. For additional details, including the schedule and registration requirements, please CLICK HERE.
Docking can be nerve wracking —especially in tight spaces, unfamiliar marinas or when the wind or current kicks up. Participants in this 3 hour intensive learning event will learn how to dock and depart a slip using spring lines, specific strategies and techniques for managing wind and current, how to confidently maneuver the boat with precision in tight spaces, weather vane turns, and ferrying the boat from side to side under complete control. The class is taught under the guidance of a highly skilled, professional boat handling instructor. It is designed for boaters who have some prior boat handling experience. Even the most proficient skippers will learn new skills that will significantly improve both confidence and ability.
These hands on, underway events are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors from the Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA). Space in these popular events is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.
This year’s expanded lineup includes something for everyone... from absolute beginners to seasoned sailors. Participants will learn basic and intermediate skills through hands on, underway exercises taught by ASA Certified Instructors aboard 30’ to 40’sailboats. The registration fee for each session is $25 and access to these events requires paid boat show admission.
Are you new to Sailing (or just a little rusty)? Learn how easy and fun sailing is by participating in one of ASA’s basic skills clinics. All learning elements are based on proven sail training curriculum and are taught aboard 30’ to 40’ sailing vessels. During these 2 hour sessions you’ll learn how to raise, lower and trim the sails, tack and jibe, steer a compass course, and more.
For sailors with some experience, there will be intermediate skills building opportunities in these clinics for cruising sailors. During these 2 hour sessions participants will learn several essential skills including how to heave to, reef the sails, steer with the sails, advanced sail trim techniques and crew overboard recovery methods.
This is an important skill although one that is not often practiced except when departing and returning to the slip. Participants in these 2 hour sessions will learn close quarters maneuvering skills including: 360 degree turns in tight spaces (back and fill), backing down a narrow channel in a straight line, how to handle propwalk, how to manage the boat confidently in windy conditions, coming alongside a pier (fuel dock) and more.
Space is very limited for these events so advance registration is highly recommended. For additional details, including schedule and registration requirements CLICK HERE. These hands-on training clinics are designed for those physically able to participate as an active crewmember while underway. Crewmembers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
If you've ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, this 3-hour seminar is the perfect way to get started...and learn essential skills that will last you a lifetime. This introductory program is ideal for new sailors as well as those who are simply looking for a refresher. Participants will learn how to raise, lower and trim the sails, use the winch safely and correctly, sail a compass course or different points of sail, tack and jibe, and execute a crew overboard recovery maneuver.
All components of these 3-hour sessions are taken directly from ASA's Sailing Made Easy program.
Discover Boating has brought together some of the most experienced blue water instructors to help sailors improve their ability to handle the offshore environment. This 3-hour underway seminar is geared toward those who have some sailing experience. Participants can expect to learn advanced heavy weather tactics including sail plan management, advanced sail shaping and sail trim, downwind sailing strategies, speed control, how to rig and use a preventer, advanced close quarter’s boat control for docking and maneuvering in tight spaces, and more. All elements are taught through hands on exercises aboard 30’ to 40’ sailboats.
Participation in both of these hands-on learning events is $99 including show admission for the day and registration is limited to 5 persons per boat.
To get details about content and to reserve your space in these unique programs, CLICK HERE.
DIY Seminars & hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades
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, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Certified marine service technician "Fred", bring more than 35 years 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, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show
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