3 hours, $125 registration fee
Powerboating Seminar 1: Powerboating Made Easy - Capable, Confident, Safe
If you’ve ever left your boat sitting in her slip when the weather looked even a little “iffy”, this program was designed with you in mind. Every boater must possess a number of essential skills to insure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. While one can pick up a great deal of knowledge through books and classroom training, skills are best learned through practical, hands-on experience and preferably with the guidance of a qualified instructor. It is that firsthand experience that increases one’s ability and confidence and leads to greater boating enjoyment and safety. In this 3-hour, underway workshop, participants will learn:
• Fundamental close quarters boat control techniques
• Essential docking skills and crew communication
• Route planning & how to determine position using a nautical chart
• Identification and use of basic Aids to Navigation
• How to apply the Rules of the Road while underway including required sound signals
• How to safely handle large wakes and manage building waves and seas
• Anchoring including how to select a safe anchorage, deploying and retrieving the anchor correctly, how to handle and resetting a dragging anchor, freeing a fouled anchor
• Techniques for rafting up with other vessels
• Underway passenger safety
Taught by a USCG licensed and RPBA certified professional instructor, Powerboating Made Easy is the first boater education program held entirely onboard and underway— the boat is the floating classroom—Ideal for new boaters as well as seasoned boaters who have had no formal training. There is a registration fee of $125 for this 3-hour event and participants who register in advance will receive FREE admission to the boat show for the day. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and able to participate as an active crew member while underway.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION FOR POWERBOATING MADE EASY IS REQUIRED.
For additional details, including schedule and registration requirements, please see our registration website - REGISTER
Powerboating Seminar 2: Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control –
How to make your boat do EXACTLY what you want it to do
Docking can be nerve wracking —especially in tight spaces, unfamiliar marinas or when the wind or current kicks up. The ability to confidently and competently maneuver a boat in close quarters is the hallmark of a competent skipper and requires a set of skills that usually takes years to perfect and lots of trial and error. This 3-hour, hands-on learning event is specifically designed to shorten that learning curve and save lots of wear and tear on the gel coat.
Advanced Docking is a highly acclaimed class taught by professional boat handling instructors who are EXPERTS in the art of Close Quarters Boat Control. It covers advanced boat handling techniques used by professional captains, exclusively, and is designed for experienced boat operators regardless of boat size or propulsion type.... the techniques and principles are universal and can be applied to all size boats with any propulsion system. Participants will learn:
• How to quickly assess challenging close quarters situations and develop effective docking and maneuvering plans
• Techniques for recovering and maintaining complete vessel control in gusty winds
• How and when to use the “Weather Vane” maneuver for docking and to get out of trouble
• Station keeping/maintaining position in strong winds and or currents
• How to dock under complete control in strong winds or currents using the “ferrying” technique
• How to use springlines in docking and undocking maneuvers
• Shorthanded docking considerations
• Crew communication essentials
Again, this is an advanced skills course, and even the most experienced skippers will learn new skills that will significantly improve both confidence and ability. There is an advance registration fee of $125 for this 3-hour event and all participants who register in advance will receive FREE admission to the entire boat show for the day. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and able to participate as an active crew member while underway.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR THE ADVANCED DOCKING SEMINAR IS REQUIRED.
For schedule, additional details and to reserve your space, please go to the registration website - REGISTER
3.5 hours, $125 registration fee
Sailing Seminar 1: Sailing Made Easy
If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, this 3½ -hour seminar is the perfect way to get started… and learn essential skills that will last a lifetime. This introductory program is ideal for new sailors as well as those who are simply looking for a refresher. Participants will learn the following skills:
**Advanced Sail Management – keeping the boat under control and in balance in changing wind/sea conditions including powering /de-powering in fresh and strong winds, steering strategies in big seas, sail plan management and proper sail selection, advanced sail trim/shaping, controlling draft, Center of Effort (CE) and Center of Lateral Resistance (CLR) and steering with sails, balancing weather helm, proper use of sail controls including outhaul, boom vang, jib fairlead position and placement (inner vs. outer), and more.
**Downwind Sailing - Managing vessel speed and safety in following seas using warps and drogues, when and how to properly rig and use a preventer, steering strategies, and more
**Advanced Docking Under Power - this section includes advanced level docking and precision boat control techniques in tight spaces including: station keeping in wind and current, weather vane turns, using spring lines to dock and depart.