Free Hourly Boating Seminars

This year’s seminar program is loaded with educational and enlightening programs, hosted by experts and adventurers who know the waters and will share practical advice, expert opinions and tall tales. Even the seasoned boater will find something new to learn!

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.
Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
• Straightforward answers to all your boating questions.
• Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle.
• Local resources to help you get started.

All seminars are free to attend with boat show admission. Please see 2015 seminar schedule in the "Show Guide 2015"
2016 year's program will be online in May 2016.

Try It Cove - Free Stand Up Paddleboarding

Head to Try it Cove to sample a variety of activities - from stand-up paddle boarding to kayaking, canoeing and more! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel; we'll provide the equipment.

Traci Schanen is a San Diego professional Personal Trainer teaching SUP lessons, Yoga, and Fitness, along with Personal training and Nutrition Strategies program. She is the owner of Harmony Fitness and Nutrition which was founded in 1990, teaching wellness through movement, mindfulness and lifestyle change. Traci holds certifications with NETA, ISSA, PIF and is a member of WPA.

2016 year's program will be online in April 2016.

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training: Sailing & Catamaran Workshops

Exclusive on-the-water sailing workshopsDiscover Boating
Are you new to sailing? Curious about what it take to pilot a sailboat? Do you want to hone your sailing skills or learn new ones so you can enjoy your time on the water even more?

Take the helm to learn basic and intermediate sailing skills aboard 30' to 40' cruising sailboats. All instruction takes place while underway and is taught by Certified Professional Sailing Instructors. There’s something for everyone—from novice to seasoned sailors.

2016 year's program will be online in April 2016.

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training: Powerboating Workshops

Learn by doing & gain skills that will last a lifetime!

Do you want to have more confidence at the helm? Are you just “getting your feet wet” and are curious about how it feels to pilot a boat? Or do you want to polish your skills and add more fun to your time on the water?
The best way to learn is by doing. These courses offer hands-on, practical training and focus on key skills that will help you become more competent and confident on the water. There’s something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Learn from the experts - All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.

2016 year's program will be online in April 2016.

Free Sailing Simulator

Experience how a boat reacts to wind and waves and learn how to use the tiller with the help of an ASA certified instructor. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the sailing simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail so you can get a feel for the water, without getting wet. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities - whether you’re just learning how to sail and or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions.

The simulator was featured at the America's Cup where more than 1000 people took a sailing lesson. Don't miss your chance to climb aboard for a test sail.

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades

Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for free seminars and workshops. Daily sessions will cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Certified marine service technician "Fred" brings more than 35 years boating and marine service experience to the Shed.
Stop by for professional, practical advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance San Diego International Boat Show®.

2016 year's program will be online in March 2016.

Fred's Shed