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Progressive® Insurance Boat School

An educated boater is a safe boater

Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

  • Gateway to Boating: Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
  • Watersports Safety Seminar: Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
  • iNavigation: Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
  • Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking & Line Handling: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.

Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information.



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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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Discover Boating Center

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. 
Location: Convention Center

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!

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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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Try It Cove

There’s more than one way to catch a wave - join us ON the water
Location: Convention Center

Hosted by Action Watersports
Get your feet wet at Try It Cove, featuring a variety of on-water activities including stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking and canoes! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel – we’ll provide the equipment and a great experience. Paddle sports are among the fastest growing water sports in the world. If you’re interested in a new way to enjoy the outdoors and get some healthy exercise, paddleboarding is for you!

Catch some rays… get some exercise…you are going to LOVE learning about paddle sports in Try It Cove!