Features at a Glance
On-the-water boating classes—offered only at the boat show!
Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. Take your boating skills up a notch and add fun and excitement to your boat show experience. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers—You’ll learn skills that will last a lifetime. All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional certified instructors.
Junior Skippers ages 12 to 17 welcome when accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
Register in advance and save—plus get free show admission!
One-Hour Powerboating Classes
- Fundamental Docking Skills
- Open Water Boat Handling & Safety
- First Mate Skills
- Anchoring and Rafting up With Other Boats
Registration fee $25 in advance or $35 at the show. Advance registration also includes FREE show admission. For Details and to register Click HERE
Three-Hour Powerboating Classes
- Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control
- Powerboating Made Easy
Registration fee $99 in advance or $125 at the show. Advance registration also includes FREE show admission. For Details and to register Click www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspxHERE
Three-Hour Sailing Classes
Presented by Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School
- Learn to Sail
- Introduction to Cruising Catamarans
- Performance Sailing Workshop
Registration fee $99 in advance or $125 at the show. Advance registration also includes FREE show admission. For Details and to register Click HERE
To register at the show visit the Discover Boating booth located on the lower level of the convention center at the entrance to the Riverwalk and docks.
An educated boater is a safe boater.
Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!
- Gateway to Boating: Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
- Water Sports Safety—At the End of the Rope: Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
- iNavigation©: Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
- Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
- Docking De-Stressed: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
- 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.
Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center (lower level main entrance) or Progressive Insurance Boat School (main floor) for more information, and a complete schedule.
FREE DIY Seminars in the NEW Boater's Education Center
If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of tools and techniques on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions.
Be sure to come with projects and questions to discuss—and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.
Click here for a complete list of seminars.
FREE seminars offering instruction, inspiration and entertainment! It’s a great way to expand your boating skills, increase you confidence at the helm and learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
Boating Safety Seminars (Lower Level bottom of the escalator room 18)
Our crew of boating pros share experience and expertise on topics ranging from basic boating skills to safety on-the-water. Full schedule Click Here
Fishing Seminars (Mezz Level top of the escalator) Don’t let the big one get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Full schedule Click Here
Click on the links to view a complete seminar schedule.
Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons®' new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® (BSVT) makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full marina.
Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.
The BSVT is in the new Boating & Education Resource Center, at the top of the escalators as you enter the show.
Located on the main docks
In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to Try It Cove and get out on the water to experience for yourself the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide life jackets, gear and all the instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed.
Located on the Main Dock
Enjoy live music, island drink specials, and free Wi-Fi while taking in a panoramic view of the expanded in-water section of the show, which features a wide selection of yachts, sport fishing and pleasure boats ranging in size from 20-80 feet.
Whether you want to ponder your options after shopping for the boat of your dreams, meet up with friends or just kick back by the bay, the Yacht Club Lounge is a tented oasis where you can chill out in the NEW air conditioned Yacht Club.
More Big Boats—Expanded In-Water Exhibit!
Whether you're in the market for a luxury cruiser, or are just dreaming about the day your ship will come in, your search for the ultimate boat starts here at the Show! Our expanded in-water display will showcase nearly 100 best-in-class vessels, ranging in size from 30 to 80* feet! See a stunning assortment of large pleasure craft, including luxury yachts, sportfishers, sport cruisers, motor yachts, family cruisers, and more.
*The number of people allowed on board select craft may be limited, both to ensure enjoyable viewing and for safety considerations; appointments may be required to board certain boats.