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 Progressive® Insurance Boat School

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.
  • Watersports Safety Seminar 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 & Line Handling: 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 or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information, and a complete schedule.


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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.

Together, “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and wrench-slinging experience to the Shed.

Click here for a complete list of seminars.

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 NEW! Boater's Education Center 

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 Our crew of boating pros share experience and expertise on topics ranging from basic boating skills to safety on-the-water.
Fishing seminars Don’t let the big one get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch.

New Sailing Seminars Whether you're looking to get into sailing or looking to improve you sailing abilities our presenters have a topic for you.

The new Boating & Education Resource Center is located at the top of the escalators as you enter the show.

Complete schedule of seminars coming soon.


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 NEW! Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Interactive Boating Simulator

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.

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NEW! Try It Cove—Free Paddle Sports Demos "Sponsored  by West Marine"

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to Try It Cove, located on the main docks, to get out on the water and experience for yourself the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed.
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and a towel; we’ll provide the equipment, life jackets,  
and a changing room. Must purchase a ticket to participate.
Check back for class schedules throughout the show.

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 NEW! Yacht Club Lounge—Located on the water

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 air conditioning or relax in the fresh ocean air.

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Pirate Photo Op! 

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? You never know who you'll meet at the show! Be sure to bring your camera and have a picture taken with your favorite pirate. 


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