Features at a Glance
Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
On-the-water learning events—Only at the boat show!
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.
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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair 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, 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!
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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.
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 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!
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.
Antique & Classic Boat Display
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.