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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
Powerboating and Sailing Workshops

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.

Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants who register online will receive FREE boat show admission ($12 value) for the day. You may also register for workshops at the Discover Boating Resource Center during the boat show on a space available basis.

2016 schedule for will be online in January 2016.


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Free Hourly Boating Seminars

Location: SailFest at Marine del Rey
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! Topics include sail and power, anchoring, green boating, insurance and finance, sportfishing in California and more.

All seminars are free to attend with boat show admission.
2016 schedule will be online in January 2016. Please see the Show Guide for 2015 seminars here

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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

Location: Convention Center
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 Los Angeles Boat Show®.

2016 schedule please click here!

New this year—Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook Seminar attendees will receive the Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook, featuring export advice and how-to articles from Boating magazine.

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Free Sailing Lesson—Sailing Simulator

Location: SailFest at Marina del Rey
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.

Don't miss your chance to climb aboard for a test sail at SailFest at Marina del Rey.


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Kids' Zone: Nautical Fun for your Little Mariners!

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

Want the kids to try a water activity? Visit Try It Cove, which features stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing and more! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel; we’ll provide the equipment and instruction. Don’t miss your chance to catch a fish at the Fishing Friendzy Fishing Tank. The Sailing Simulator gives young skippers a chance to try sailing and experience how a boat reacts to wind and waves—without getting wet. Remember, Show admission is free for kids 15 and younger. You can find the Kids’ Zone in the Convention Center.

Radio Disney

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

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