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Exclusive, On-Water Skills Training Available Only at the Boat Show

On-Water Powerboating & Sailing Classes

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to mastering new skills. Our exclusive on-water instruction makes learning fun—whether you’re just getting started or want to gain more confidence at the helm.

Learn from experts! All classes are taught by USCG-licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.

Junior sailors and skippers ages 10 and older are welcome when accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Space is limited. Same day registration is available on a space-available basis. Visit the Discover Boating Booth at the River Walk entrance to check availability and register.


Classes Include:

  1. Learn to Sail
  2. Intro to Cruising Catamarans
  3. Essential Charter Skills - Catamarans
  4. Intermediate Sailing Skills 
  • Sailing boats and instruction provided by Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School.
  • Detailed sailing schedule found here.


Classes Include:

  1. Powerboating Made Easy
  2. Basic Docking and Maneuvering Skills
  3. Advanced Docking and Precision Boat Control
  • Powerboating classes taught aboard an outboard or stern drive boat. Boats provided courtesy of Carefree Boat Club
  • Detailed powerboating schedule found here.

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TAMPA BAY SUNSET CRUISE—Presented by Sailing Florida Charters

TAMPA BAY SUNSET CRUISE—Presented by Sailing Florida Charters  

Enjoy the beautiful skyline under sail at sunset with your friends from the deck of a new Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 luxury catamaran on Tampa Bay.  

Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine as you savor the experience or grab a line and a winch handle as part of the crew.... either way it's a great way to unwind and add another level of enjoyment to your boat show experience.

Register early! This unique opportunity has limited availability. Sunset Cruise will sail from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM  Friday: October 13 & Saturday, October 14 only.

Advance Registration Fee—$125 per person.  ***Groups of two or more will receive the group discount price of $100 per person. A lite snack and adult beverages are included.

To pre-register, Click Here


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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

Booth 709

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 techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 

For the full list of seminars, click here

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Boater's Education Center

FREE hourly seminars offer instruction, inspiration and entertainment! It’s a great way to expand your boating abilities, increase you confidence at the helm and learn how to make the most of your time on the water.

Find full schedule here.

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NEW Boating Weather, Safety & Sail Seminars—Sponsored by NOAA

Room 20 (at the bottom of the escalator)

Our crew of experts share their experience and expertise on topics ranging from basic boating skills to safety, sailing, tide changes and weather. Click here for seminars schedule.

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Fishing Seminars

Boater’s Education Center—Mezzanine Level

Don’t let the big one get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Click here for seminars schedule.

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Kid's Zone

Mezzanine Level

Fun activities for young mariners include a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, and coloring.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space G78

Feed your need for speed!  Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!


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