Seminars

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training  
Exclusive On-Water Powerboating & Sailing Workshops

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. Our exclusive on-water instruction makes learning fun—whether you’re just getting started in boating or want to gain more confidence at the helm! Learn from the experts. All sessions are taught by USCG-licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors. You'll learn basic and advanced skills that will last a lifetime!   

Please note: you must be able to work as an active crewmember while underway. On-site registration is available at the enrance of Marina Del Rey, on a space-available basis. Fees: One-hour workshops $25  Three-hour workshops $125

One-Hour Powerboating Workshops

Basic Docking Skills
Learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence. You’ll gain key skills such as how to back down a narrow channel in a straight line, turning the boat around in tight spaces, the principles of boat control and managing momentum, and more. REGISTER NOW!

Anchoring & Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques
Whether you're dropping the hook in a deserted cove for a quiet lunch or pulling into a crowded anchorage for the week, solid anchoring skills will increase your confidence and help assure the safety of your boat (and those around you!) Skills covered include how to select the best spot, managing a dragging anchor, techniques for rafting up with other vessels and much more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. REGISTER NOW!

Open Water Boat Handling
Helmsmanship—the ability to steer and handle a boat well in varying conditions—can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom. Take the helm to learn skills that will make you a more confident boater including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to maximize fuel efficiency and balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely, rules of the road and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. REGISTER NOW!

First Mate Skills
Discover what it takes to make the skipper look like a pro at the marina—and ensure you’ll be invited back. You’ll learn about line handling for docking and undocking, how to secure a boat in its slip, use spring lines and prepare for high winds or heavy weather. Knot tying and how coil, heave and store lines and rope handling are also covered. For all but the most experienced crewmembers (and skippers). REGISTER NOW!

Essential Safe Boating Practices
It’s good practice to conduct a thorough safety briefing before departing to ensure your passengers have a safe and enjoyable experience onboard. Learn how professional captains conduct a pre-departure vessel check and receive a “Pre-Departure Vessel Checkout List” from Discover Boating to use in developing your pre-departure plans. For skippers and crew of all experience levels (age 10 and older). REGISTER NOW!

Three-Hour Powerboating Workshops

Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control
If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated by challenging docking situations, this workshop is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll learn how to make your boat do EXACTLY what you want it to do. The techniques and principles taught in this session are universal and can be adapted to any size or type of boat. We can’t guarantee you’ll never be intimidated again, but you will gain skills that will measurably improve both your confidence and ability. REGISTER NOW!

Powerboating Made Easy—Capable, Confident & Safe
Smart boating starts here, with practical instruction in fundamental boat control techniques including managing wakes and waves, rules of the road, aids to navigation, anchoring and more. This workshop covers skills every boater needs to handle a boat confidently and safely in good conditions. For newcomers and crew members who want to take a more active role in boat operation. REGISTER NOW!

Hands-On Powerboat Workshops

*Click on class to register  Friday Saturday Sunday
10am–1pm

Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control


Powerboating Made Easy

Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control


Powerboating Made Easy

Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control


Powerboating Made Easy

2pm–3pm


Basic Docking Skills


First Mate Skills


Basic Docking Skills


First Mate Skills


Basic Docking Skills


First Mate Skills

 

3:30pm–4:30pm

Open Water Boat Handling


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Open Water Boat Handling 


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Open Water Boat Handling


Anchoring & Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques

5pm–6pm

Essential Safe Boating Practices


Anchoring & Multi-Vessel
Rafting Techniques

Essential Safe
Boating Practices


Anchoring & Multi-Vessel 
Rafting Techniques

Essential Safe
Boating Practices


Anchoring & Multi-Vessel
Rafting Techniques


Powerboat Workshop Fees

  Advanced Purchase On-Site Purchase
3 Hour Workshop

$99

$125

1 Hour Workshop

$20

$25

 *Show admission not included with workshop purchase

Three-Hour Sailing Workshops

Introduction to Sailing
Discover how easy and fun it is to sail. Gain a working knowledge of essential skills including how to raise, lower and trim the sails, steering techniques and helmsmanship, slowing and stopping the boat and much more. REGISTER NOW!

Performance Sailing Workshop
Take your sailing to the next level. This session covers skills that will help you get the most out of your boat including how to trim the sails to maximize performance, maintain control and minimize stress on the rigging, reading tell tales, managing draft and sail twist, balancing the helm, steering by the sails and much more. REGISTER NOW!

Hands-On Sailing Workshops

*Click on class to register Friday Saturday Sunday
10am–1pm

 Introduction to Sailing

 Introduction to Sailing

Introduction to Sailing 

2pm–5pm

Performance Sailing
Workshop

 Performance Sailing
Workshop

 Performance Sailing
Workshop


Sailing Workshop Fees

  Advanced Purchase On-Site Purchase
3-Hour Workshops

$99

$125

*Show admission not included with workshop purchase

 


 

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades

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 professional, practical advice. Daily sessions include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways and end with question/answer sessions. ?Certified marine service technician "Fred" brings more than 35 years boating and marine service experience to the Shed. 

New this year—get a free copy of Maintenance Matters™ outboard engine guide. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show®.

NEW curriculum for 2016! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:00 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:30 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:30 pm Diagnosing Electrical Problems Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:00 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:30 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:30 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:00 pm Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:30 pm Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm Diagnosing Electrical Problems Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:30 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
Friday, February 26, 2016
12:00 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:30 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:00 pm Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:00 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:30 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:30 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:00 pm Diagnosing Electrical Problems Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:30 pm Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:30 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:00 am One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
10:30 am Diesel troubleshooting, repair and maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
11:00 am Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
11:30 am Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:30 pm Diagnosing Electrical Problems Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:00 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:00 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:30 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Adding a Trolling Motor Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:00 pm Diesel troubleshooting, repair and maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:30 pm Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:00 pm Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:30 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:30 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
Sunday, February 28, 2016
10:00 am One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
10:30 am Diesel troubleshooting, repair and maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
11:00 am Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
11:30 am Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
12:30 pm Diagnosing Electrical Problems Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:00 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:00 pm Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel! Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:30 pm Keep your carburetor clean and running Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Trailer Maintenance and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Cabin cruiser systems analysis Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:00 pm Diesel troubleshooting, repair and maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
4:30 pm Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:00 pm Changing a Water Pump Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:30 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
Progressive GMC Discover Boating Fred's Shed NMMA-Certification