Features at a Glance

Friday Night BOATER BLOCK PARTY—$5 After 5pm

As a special THANK YOU to our guests at the show, we will offer a special $5 admission after 5pm on Friday (February 7). We'll liven up the Convention Center with music, fun snacks, hourly giveaways, and special demos at the Try It Cove pool.

Check out special games, giveaways and deals throughout the show! 

  • North37 Designs:   20% discount Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm-7pm.  
    One-of-a-kind, recycled sail tote bags. Made in France.  

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-the-water learning events—only at the boat show!

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your powerboating  skills. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, in-water powerboating workshops designed to 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 based on internationally recognized training and certification programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors.

To learn more and register for any of these events, CLICK HERE.

Choose Your Powerboat Event

Powerboaters may select from the following 1-hour hands-on, in-water workshops:
• Advanced Docking Skills
• Close Quarters Power Handling
• Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship.

Choose one...or several! You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime. There is a nominal registration fee for each session. CLICK HERE

Powerboaters may also opt for a more in-depth learning experience and considerably more helm time by participating in a three-hour extended workshop created specifically for and presented only at the boat show:

• Powerboating Made Easy
• Advanced Docking & Precisions Boat Control in Tight Spaces.

Participants who register online for a 3-hour session will receive FREE boat show admission for the day. For more information on these 3 hour on water workshops, CLICK HERE

Space is limited— advance registration is highly recommended. Last-minute registrations may be available so be sure to check with the Discover Boating Registration Center staff on-site. On-site registration does not include boat show admission.


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.

Together, “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and “wrench-slinging” experience to the Shed.


Welcome to the Water Center

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 you boating questions.
  • Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle
  • Local resources to help you get started

Discover Boating for under $250/month!
Think owning a boat is out of your reach?  Think again!  When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is by far more affordable than you may realize.  Be sure to check out this showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250/month and look for specially marked boats throughout the show!

101 Seminar Series

Whether you are just getting your feet wet, buying your first boat, or are looking to change the scope of your boating experience – our 101 Seminar Series will give you the basics on important topics such as:

  • Finance 101
  • Insurance 101
  • Towing/Trailers 101
  • Performance Boating 101
  • Wakesports 101 - setting up your tower, locking boots to your board and general how-to information
  • What type of boat is right for me and my family?
  • Where can I boat in Southern California?
  • GoPro Camera 101 - capture special moments on the water with this easy-to-use, waterproof camera


Visit the Discover Boating Welcome to the Water Center at the Convention Center for a seminar schedule.

NEW! Big Boat Row

Whether you're in the market for a luxury cruiser or are just dreaming about the day your ship will come in, your search for the ultimate boat starts here! View a selection of beautiful sport yachts, all larger than 35 feet in length!  Cruise the open seas with state-of-the-art technology at your fingertips and comfortable, sleek design and stylish interiors. These are the boats dreams are made of!


Fun features and activities for children of all ages. Featuring:  


SurfRider Surfboarding Simulator

An exciting, interactive feature for the kids of all ages!  Hop on and catch the perfect wave every time.  



Let's get creative!  Kids will be able to "build" and decorate their own wooden boat to take home as a souvenir. These boats will be a great memory of your family time together at the LA Boat Show for years to come.


Radio Disney

Listen to internet radio @ RadioDisney.com LIVE from the Los Angeles Boat Show!  Radio Disney is home of the hottest kids' music and videos featuring Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and more!


Try It Cove

There’s more than one way to catch a wave—join us ON the water at the Convention Center!

Paddle sports are among the fastest growing water sports in the world—and whether you’re interested in a new way to enjoy the outdoors, healthy exercise or just simply relax, you’ll enjoy paddle sports.

You can check out the latest gear and try both kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for FREE!

**Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel—there will be private changing rooms on-site—and we’ll supply the kayaks, paddleboards and paddles.

What’s SUP? Catch fish…Catch rays…Catch Waves! Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) originated in Hawaii and is the hottest new trend in paddle sports. SUP not only offers a great way to experience the water, it also works your core muscles and develops balance.

Paddles up! From fishing to exploring coastline, coves and inlets to gliding on lakes, streams or rivers impossible to reach by any other means, kayaking is a sport the whole family can enjoy.