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. There’s something for everyone – from absolute beginners to
Learn from the experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. You’ll learn basic and advanced skills that will last a lifetime!
Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants may also register for the 1 hour and 3 hour classes at the Discover Boating Registration Center during the boat show on a space available basis. There is a nominal registration fee for each event. For 1-hour classes registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the show and for 3-hour classes the fee is $99 in advance or $125 at the show.
BASIC DOCKING SKILLS
This class includes important skills used in docking maneuvers including how to back down a narrow channel in a straight line, turning the boat around in tight spaces, the principles of boat control and managing momentum, and more. 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
Whether you’re dropping the hook in a deserted cove for a quiet lunch or pulling into a crowded anchorage for the week, solid anchoring skills will increase your confidence and help assure the safety of your boat (and those around you!) Participants in this session will learn a number of key skills including how to select the best spot, setting the anchor securely, managing a dragging anchor, techniques for rafting up with other vessels and much more. Designed for skippers and crew of all experience levels.
OPEN WATER BOAT HANDLING SKILLS
Helmsmanship—the ability to steer and handle a boat well in varying conditions 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 handle large waves and wakes safely, using use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly for sea conditions and to maximize fuel efficiency, rules of the road and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.
FIRST MATE SKILLS
Competent crew members who know their way around a boat can make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and take some of the anxiety of tricky docking situations… and they’ll always get invited back. This session covers key skills including line handling in docking and undocking maneuvers, how to get the boat secured in its slip including proper placement of bow and stern lines, correct use of spring lines and preparing for high winds or heavy weather. Instructors will teach how to tie knots like a pro and how to coil, heave and store lines and rope correctly. This event is ideal for all but the most experienced crew members (and skippers).
ADVANCED DOCKING & PRECISION BOAT CONTROL
If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered. Taught by experts in the art of close quarters maneuvering, this session will show you “How to make your boat do EXACTLY what you want it to do”. This 3 hour workshop is designed for experienced boat operators regardless of boat size or propulsion type…. the techniques and principles are universal and can be adapted to any boat. We can’t guarantee you’ll never be intimidated again but even the most experienced skippers will learn new skills that will measurably improve both confidence and ability.
POWERBOATING MADE EASY – CAPABLE, CONFIDENT, SAFE!
This 3 hour workshop covers the skills every boater needs to handle a boat confidently and safely in good conditions. Fundamental boat control techniques, managing wakes and waves, rules of the road, aids to navigation, anchoring and more are taught entirely onboard while underway by a USCG licensed and certified professional instructor. Participants will gain practical hands-on experience to maximize enjoyment of their time on the water. This workshop is ideal for newcomers who want to improve their skills and confidence under the guidance of a professional captain and crew members who want to take a more active role in boat operations.