Features at a Glance
- Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
- Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
- New In-Water Entertainment: Jetovater and Seabreacher
- Try It Cove—There’s more than one way to catch a wave!
- Tastes & Sounds of Summer
- Hourly Educational Seminars
- FREE Sailing Lesson—Sailing Simulator
- Family Fun & Nautical Activities
- FREE boating lesson—Boating Simulator
- Deck Out Dad Photo Contest
Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.
- Watch certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger “Fred” demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways.
- Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade our boat or motor.
- Take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on-clinics.
Click HERE for a Fred's Shed schedule and seminar descriptions so you can plan your visit.
Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
On-the-water workshops for Power, Sail and Catamaran
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 seasoned skippers! Learn from experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.
See full seminar schedule HERE
Prepare to be amazed! Watch pro riders demonstrate innovative new watercraft!
Seabreacher — The Ultimate Diving Machine
Imagine a vessel that looks—and performs—like the union of a marine mammal and a high performance fighter jet. It’s no fantasy—it’s the Seabreacher!
A dramatic breakthrough in recreational boating, the Seabreacher is an exciting submersible watercraft that pushes the limits of what people can do in the water. It operates much like an aircraft, with full three-axis of control. What does that mean? It means the Seabreacher can dive, jump, roll, porpoise and perform other amazing aquabatic tricks—at breathtaking speeds.
Jetovator—A Watersports Sensation
The Jetovator is a thrilling new water sports accessory that lets riders reach new heights of fun on the water—literally!
Connect the Jetovator to a personal watercraft (PWC) and riders find themselves seated on a hydro-powered water bike boasting the attitude of a racing motorcycle crossed with a fighter aircraft. Yet, it’s as easy to ride as a bike.
Simple to use controls let riders soar up to 30 feet in the air, cruise up to 25 mph and dive 20 feet under the water to perform a wide range of aerial tricks and dives, including wheelies, barrel rolls and back flips.
See the Jetovator in action
Try It Cove – FREE paddle sports test rides & demos
Looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors and energize your exercise routine? Head to Try It Cove at the Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show to experience for yourself why paddle sports are among the world’s fastest-growing water sports. Get out on the water and try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaks and other paddle sport activities.
NEW this year—FREE SUP Yoga classes. Check out the latest fitness craze, with classes taught by local pro instructors.
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and a towel; we’ll provide the equipment, life jackets,
and a changing room.
In addition to SUPs, there will be plenty of other on-the-water activities available. (Open to children eight and older with adult supervision.)
Check here for free class schedules throughout the show.
When you are ready for a break from shopping the boat show or looking for a perfect place to catch the sunset, visit the Fiddler's Green Tiki Bar on the docks.
Grab a bite to eat at the BBQ hosted by the Rotary Club La Mesa, enjoy a glass of craft beer at Anchors & Ales Beer Garden or a snack at one of the gourmet Food Trucks. Relax & listen to live entertainment with Caribbean music by Frankendread.
Free Hourly Seminars
This year’s seminars program is loaded with educational programs hosted by adventurers who will share practical tips, expert advice and entertaining tales.
Topics include: cruising to Mexico, outfitting your boat, safety and more.
Daily seminars are FREE to attend with your regular boat show admission.
The seminar schedule can be found here.
FREE Sailing Lesson aboard the Sailing Simulator
Test the waters—without leaving dry land!
Experience how a sailboat reacts to wind and waves, and learn how to use the tiller with the help of an ASA certified instructor. Featured at the America's Cuup, the sailing simulator recreates the movement of a boat under sail so you can get a feel for the water, without getting wet. It's a unique and fun training platform for sailors of all abilities and ages.
Families and little skippers will love the boat show!
Want the kids to try a water activity? Visit Try It Cove and try free stand-up paddle boarding with professional instructors! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel; we'll provide the equipment and instruction. Open to children eight and older with adult supervision.
Little skippers can try saiing aboard the Sailing Simulator—without getting wet!
Be on the lookout for a special Father's Day Promotion on Sunday, June 21 featuring giveaways throughout the day. Skipper, our mascot, might have a surprise for families.
Remember— admission is FREE for kids 15 and younger.
Would you like to learn to drive a 20’ center console boat and improve your boating skills with no risk and no worries? You can! The United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) will display their new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® (BSVT) in Booth L101. This small boat simulator features a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle you can use to take a virtual boat trip on a lake with other sail and power boats, navigation aids, and a full marina for close-quarters maneuvers and docking. Instructors can vary the difficulty by changing wind and current direction, velocity and day/night scenarios. It’s fun, easy way to boost your boating skills.
Does your Dad need a $500 waterlife makeover? If so, look no further! Come check out the West Marine booth for your chance to enter our Father’s Day “Deck Out Dad” photo contest.
We’ll have a photo booth and cool props ready for your Dad’s photo shoot debut. Post your best Dad photo on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #DeckOutDad #WestMarine and you may be selected as the lucky winner of a $500 West Marine gift card for your deserving father. Don’t miss your chance to “Deck Out Dad” with West Marine!