Features at a Glance

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.


For complete schedule, workshop detailes and registration information, click HERE

Exclusive Offer: Participants will get Free Membership to BoatUS and 10% discount on annual BoatUS 24 hour towing services program upon completion of a HOST course.

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.
Please check full schedule HERE.

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®.

Check out the full schedule 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.

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!

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.

CLICK HERE to see the Sailing Simulator in action.

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 at SailFest at Marina del Rey.


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!


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!

Fishing Friendzy Fishing Tank

Location: Convention Center

The Fishing Friendzy Fishing Tank is an educational, interactive fishing experience for kids and adults alike, dedicated to creating a fantastic experience that will leave a positive memory for the entire family.

Set your hook, line and sinker into this opportunity at the Progressive® Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show®!