Seminars

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training -
Powerboating Seminars held at Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey

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. Registration fee: $125 for this 3-hour workshop. Participants who register online 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

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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. Registration fee: $125 for this 3-hour workshop. Participants who register online 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.

 

 

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 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 San Diego International Boat Show®.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:00 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician 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
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 Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Scratches, Dings and Oxidation Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Adding a Trolling Motor 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 Eradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and Crud Fred L.A. Convention Center
5:30 pm Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:00 pm Gas Sterndrives General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!” Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 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
1:00 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance 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 Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair 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 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 Lower unit Repairs and Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!” Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 pm One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center
Saturday, February 27, 2016
5:30 am Maintaining a Marine Battery System Fred L.A. Convention Center
10:00 am One-on-One with a Service Technician 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 Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair 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 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
6:00 pm Lower unit Repairs and Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
6:30 pm “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!” Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:00 pm Gas Outboard General Maintenance Fred L.A. Convention Center
7:30 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
8:00 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
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
1:00 pm A Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's Performance Fred L.A. Convention Center
1:30 pm Eradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and Crud Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:00 pm “Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!” Fred L.A. Convention Center
2:30 pm Gas Engine Troubleshooting and Repair Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:00 pm Boats that Sit Fred L.A. Convention Center
3:30 pm Adding a Trolling Motor 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 One-on-One with a Service Technician Fred L.A. Convention Center