Seminars

On-Water Sailing Training

Boost your skills with hands-on instruction.

Essential Cruising Skills for Catamarans

Times:
10am–1pm

Learn how to secure your boat with confidence and gain skills that will keep your crew and your cat safe in weather and when anchoring. Ideal if you’re preparing for your first charter or simply want to hone your skills.

Course covers:

  • Heaving to, reefing and sailing under reefed mainsail
  • Anchoring and rigging a snubber including techniques for a crowded anchorage
  • Weighing anchor and departing an anchorage
  • Casting off and departure techniques
  • Crew communications
  • When and how to set up an anchor watch
  • Multiple anchor setups

Class limited to 6 students. Fee: $99 per person includes show admission. 

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Introduction to Cruising Catamarans

Times:
2pm–5pm

Experience the comfort, speed and precise maneuverability of modern cruising catamarans, and the unique sailing and handling needs of bigger "Cats". For newcomers and monohull sailors with little to no experience on multihulls

Course covers:

  • Upright sailing versus heeling
  • Techniques for tacking or jibing
  • Selecting best sail trim/angle for optimum speed
  • Sailing to weather and understanding leeway
  • Avoiding the "go/no go zone"

Class limited to 6 students. Fee: $99 per person includes show admission. 

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Free Fishing Seminar

Let's Take it Outside with Misty Wells

Speaker: Misty Wells

Location: Room 20

Times:

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 10:00 AM

Saturday Line Up Hosted by Misty Wells  

Hunting
11:30 a.m. Camo/Scent Control – Misty Wells  

Fishing
2:00 p.m. Kingfishing, Rigs & Techniques 
3:00 p.m. Offshore Bottom Fishing Grouper Rigs, Spots, Techniques
4:00 p.m. Inshore Slam:  Redfish, Trout & Snook 
5:00 p.m. Complimentary Happy Hour hosted by Freedom Boat Club

Gieaways
Free Bass Pro Gift Cards,
Bass Pro gifts & swag Free Stay at the Plantation on Crystal River (2)
Mystery Tackle Box Giveaways

Learn to Fish Workshop

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! Learn to Fish Workshop

Speaker: Betty Bauman
$49 per person, $59 week of event. Pre-registration required.

Location: Room 18

Times:  Saturday October 26, 10:00 AM
 

Reserve your Spot

10 AM–11:15 AM:
Early Bird bay pontoon cruise hosted by Freedom Boat Club. Meet your fellow anglers for an eco-tour of the local waters. For registered participants only. First come, first served. Capacity limited.

11:30 AM–Noon: Check in—Room 18

12 PM–1 PM: Networking introductions, welcome by Betty Bauman, Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Founder. Lunch (Attendees purchase from show vendor, bring it)
1 PM–2 PM: Rod/reel basics, Conservation by Betty Bauman, Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald and Pamela Wirth
2 PM–2:30 PM: Break, networking
2:30 PM–3:30 PM: How to fish the Tampa Bay Area-Inshore fishing secrets and tips revealed! Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald
3:30 PM–4:45PM: Hands-on practice with guides for knots, hook to line/lure, line to leader, casting
4:45 PM–5 PM: Walk to Happy Hour
5 PM–6 PM: Happy Hour/Networking—Enjoy beer, wine, sodas and snacks, courtesy of Freedom Boat Club

Free Fishing Seminar

Cobia Fishing in the Flats

Speaker: Capt. Sergio Atanes

Location: Room 22

Times:

Friday, October 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:00 PM

Free Fishing Seminar

Bow Fishing in the Flats

Speaker: Capt. Todd Davis

Location: Room 22

Times:
Friday, October 25, 2019, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00 PM

Free Fishing Seminar

Snook Fishing in Shallow Water

Speaker: Capt. Eddie Caldwell

Location: Room 22

Times:

Friday, October 25, 2019, 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 4:00 PM

Free Fishing Seminar

Fall Trout Fishing: When, Where and How to Get the Big Ones.

Speaker: Capt. Charlie Howell

Location: Room 22

Times:

Friday, October 25, 2019, 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00 PM