Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year, let Discover Boating add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your boating skills up a notch - with a schedule of one and three hour hands on in water powerboating workshops.

Whether you have boating experience or not, there's something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Take the opportunity to LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS — as all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors – and learn skills that will last you a lifetime!

CHOOSE YOUR EVENT - One-Hour and Three-Hour Powerboating Workshops

One-Hour Powerboating workshops

  • Essential Boating Safety
  • First Mate Skills
  • Basic Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills
  • Anchoring and Rafting Techniques
  • Open Water Boat Handling and Seamanship

Essential Boating Safety - Presented Dockside
Airline pilots wouldn’t dream of taking off without performing a thorough pre-flight check of the aircraft. In this session participants will learn how professional boat captains conduct a pre-departure, voyage-critical systems, a post voyage checkout procedure and more. All participants will receive a reusable, laminated copy of the specially designed pre-departure checklist to take home. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.

First Mate Skills – Presented Dockside
Competent crewmembers that know their way around the boat make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and will always get invited back. This session covers the essential skills required of a top-notch first mate including those that make docking and undocking drama free and uneventful. These sessions are for crewmembers (and skippers) of all skill levels.

Basic Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills – On Water
Participants will learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence. For newcomers and those who want to polish their skills under the guidance of a professional captain.

Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques – On Water
The Prospect of anchoring overnight can create anxiety for even the most experienced boaters. The skills taught in this session will help you get a better night’s sleep at anchor including how to prepare for heavy winds and managing a dragging anchor, rafting up with other vessels and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.

Open Water Boat Handling Seamanship – On Water
Helmsmanship - the ability to steer and handle a boat well - can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom. In this session you’ll take the helm to learn skills needed to be a confident boat operator including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.

Attendees may also opt for a more in-depth learning experience, and considerably more practice time, by participating in a Three Hour on-water extended workshop created specifically for, and presented ONLY at the Boat Show:

Three-Hour Powerboating Workshops

  • Advanced Docking
  • Powerboating Made Easy

Advanced Docking
The ability to maneuver a boat confidently and without “drama” in challenging conditions requires a set of skills that can take years to perfect. If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered.

Powerboating Made Easy
If you’ve ever left your boat sitting in her slip when the weather looked even a little “iffy,” this program was designed for you. Taught entirely on board while underway, by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor this session covers essential skills you need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It delivers the practical hands-on experience to increase your ability and confidence and leads to greater boating safety and enjoyment.

Space will be limited for all of these workshops so advance registration is highly recommended.

Participants who pre-register online will receive FREE boat show admission ($13 value) for the day.

Links to Registration Pages will be available on this page
from mid-January