Seminars

POWERBOATS

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, in-water powerboating workshops designed to 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!

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

All sessions are based on internationally recognized training and certification  programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors. You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime.

The Powerboat workshops will be offered in partnership with Passage Yachts and BoatUS.


ONE HOUR POWERBOAT WORKSHOPS

Essential Boating Safety - Presented Dockside
Airline pilots wouldn’t dream of taking off without performing a thorough pre-flight check of the aircraft. In this session participants will learn how professional boat captains conduct a pre-departure, voyage-critical systems, a post voyage checkout procedure and more. All participants will receive a reusable, laminated copy of the specially designed pre-departure checklist to take home. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

First Mate Skills – Presented Dockside
Competent crewmembers that know their way around the boat make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and will always get invited back. This session covers the essential skills required of a top-notch first mate including those that make docking and undocking drama free and uneventful. These sessions are for crewmembers (and skippers) of all skill levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Basic Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills – On Water
Participants will learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence. For newcomers and those who want to polish their skills under the guidance of a professional captain. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques – On Water
The Prospect of anchoring overnight can create anxiety for even the most experienced boaters. The skills taught in this session will help you get a better night’s sleep at anchor including how to prepare for heavy winds and managing a dragging anchor, rafting up with other vessels and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship – On Water
Helmsmanship - the ability to steer and handle a boat well - can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom. In this session you’ll take the helm to learn skills needed to be a confident boat operator including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

THREE HOUR POWERBOAT WORKSHOPS

Advanced Docking
The ability to maneuver a boat confidently and without “drama” in challenging conditions requires a set of skills that can take years to perfect. If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Powerboating Made Easy
If you’ve ever left your boat sitting in her slip when the weather looked even a little “iffy,” this program was designed for you. Taught entirely on board while underway, by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor this session covers essential skills you need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It delivers the practical hands-on experience to increase your ability and confidence and leads to greater boating safety and enjoyment. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015
10:00 amAdvanced Docking and Precision Boat ControlDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmOpen Water Boat Handling and SeamanshipDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmAnchoring and Rafting Up with Other VesselsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Friday, January 23, 2015
10:00 amAdvanced Docking and Precision Boat ControlDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amPowerboating Made EasyDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmEssential Boating SafetyDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmFirst Mate SkillsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmOpen Water Boat Handling and SeamanshipDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmAnchoring and Rafting Up with Other VesselsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00 amAdvanced Docking and Precision Boat ControlDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amPowerboating Made EasyDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmFirst Mate SkillsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmOpen Water Boat Handling and SeamanshipDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmAnchoring and Rafting Up with Other VesselsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Sunday, January 25, 2015
10:00 amAdvanced Docking and Precision Boat ControlDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amPowerboating Made EasyDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmEssential Boating SafetyDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmFirst Mate SkillsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:30 pmOpen Water Boat Handling and SeamanshipDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmBasic Close Quarters Powerboat HandlingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
5:00 pmAnchoring and Rafting Up with Other VesselsDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove

SAILING / CATAMARAN

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones.This year’s show features a full schedule of  several in-water sailing and catamaran workshops designed to 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!

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

All sessions are based on internationally recognized training and certification
programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified
professional instructors. You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime.

All instruction is offered in cooperation with Trade Winds Sailing School & Club. Please contact Sail America at: E-mail:discoversailing@sailamerica.com, or by phone at 414-944-1550414-944-1550 for any questions.
 

Introducation to Sailing
No experience necessary - Participants will receive an insight into the world of sailing with this short but informative and interactive on-the-water class. Before getting underway, participants will get a safety briefing and be provided with life jackets. This will be followed by a walk though above decks, during which you will be introduced to common nautical terms. A few demonstrations of line handling, boat awareness and physical stances will be shown before leaving the dock. 2-hour On-Water Learning REGISTER HERE

Anchoring
It has been a long day of sailing, and now the anchor is down. Time for some rest; but the wind is picking up and you’re having trouble falling asleep. Questions.... “Did I choose the right anchoring technique? Am I safe from other boats anchored nearby? What about changes in current, tide or wind? What if I begin to drag?” These and other questions are addressed in the Anchoring Class. This 2 hour hands-on, on-the-water class will introduce you to such techniques as picking up a mooring ball, setting an anchor properly, setting two anchors, anchoring bow and stern, Bahamian anchoring and Med mooring. We will discuss selecting the right anchor configuration for your situation, what to do about a fouled anchor, risk of rode in the prop and other issues.Our goal? A good, sound sleep the next time you spend the night at anchor. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

Docking under Power

This 2 hour course will enable you to control your vessel in close quarters maneuvering, instead of the other way around. It is one of the few classes that you will use every time you depart or arrive at a dock - and most students are pleasantly surprised to find themselves at an advanced - or even expert - level at the end of this fun session. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

A Taste of Sailing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of those people sailing on San Francisco Bay; enjoying the sun, wind, and water? Have you asked yourself what skills you need to join them, or where they go, what they see, and what they are doing out there? After all of the excitement created by the recent America’s Cup, are you curious what it takes to race a sail boat on San Francisco Bay or why you’d even want to? Then this sailing experience is for you! Join us for a 4 hour sail on San Francisco Bay. 4-hour On Water Learning. REGISTER HERE

Catamaran Sailing On Water Learning
Are you getting ready for your next charter vacation? Are you curious as to why so many sailors and charter companies are choosing multihulls? Are you looking to expand your sailing knowledge to include cruising catamarans? Then this is the class for you. During this 3 hour, on-the-water class you will learn to maneuver a large cruising catamaran under both sail and power. You’ll learn about docking, anchoring, man over-board, and general systems of a large cruising catamaran. 3-hour On Water Learning. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:00 amIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
11:00 amDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
11:00 amCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:30 pmDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:30 pmIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
3:00 pmCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
4:00 pmAnchoring (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Friday, January 23, 2015
9:00 amA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
4:00 pmAnchoring (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Saturday, January 24, 2015
9:00 amA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
4:00 pmAnchoring (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
Sunday, January 25, 2015
9:00 amA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
10:00 amCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmDocking under Power (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
1:00 pmIntroduction to SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmCatamaran SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
2:00 pmA Taste of SailingDiscover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove
4:00 pmAnchoring (Sailboats)Discover Boating instructorMcCovey Cove



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!

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.
Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
• Straightforward answers to all your 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 a month and look for specially-marked boats throughout the Show!

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 pmGetting Started in SailingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmReliability Starts Here! Engine Maintenance and RepairJim DrakePier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmGreen Revolution: Powering with Electric and Hybrid TechnologyNick Deuyour/ Scott RuckPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmPaddleboards: Water Safety and EquipmentGeoff FisherPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmLine Handling and Spring Lines for Docking and UndockingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar A
Friday, January 23, 2015
11:00 amCruising the Great LoopKim RussoPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amMarine Canvas Care and RepairEric McKinleyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmReliability Starts Here! Engine Maintenance and RepairJim DrakePier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmSturgeon Fishing on the California DeltaJoseph Gamez, Sr.Pier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmElectronics TroubleshootingIan McDanielPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmRepower 101: How to Choose the Right EngineNate UrciuoliPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmMarine Insurance Made SimpleGary Clausen & Max YoungPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmHow to Buy a BoatButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmIn's and Out's of Bareboat CharteringDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
Saturday, January 24, 2015
11:00 amIntroduction to the World of Kayaking and Stand-Up PaddleboardsJeff KelloggPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amMarine Canvas Care and RepairEric McKinleyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmBoat as a BusinessButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmHow to Find and Catch Bigger FishNick SmithPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmAnchoring: On the Hook or On the LoosePat CarsonPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmSail Trim for Speed and ControlKame RichardsPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmGreen Revolution: Powering with Electric and Hybrid TechnologyNick Deuyour/ Scott RuckPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmElectronics TroubleshootingIan McDanielPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmBoat Financing Made SimpleMax SalvaterPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmMarine Insurance Made SimpleGary Clausen & Max YoungPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmCatamaran Safety: Better or Worse Than Monohulls?Don MargrafPier 48/Seminar A
Sunday, January 25, 2015
11:00 amRepower 101: How to Choose the Right EngineNate UrciuoliPier 48/Seminar A
11:00 amLine Handling and Spring Lines for Docking and UndockingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmAnchoring: On the Hook or On the LoosePat CarsonPier 48/Seminar B
12:00 pmGetting Started in SailingDon GilzeanPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmIntroduction to the World of Kayaking and Stand-Up PaddleboardsJeff KelloggPier 48/Seminar A
1:00 pmCruising the Great LoopKim RussoPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmAdvanced Fishing Techniques for the Delta and LakesMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar B
2:00 pmCruising San Francisco BayDavid ScottPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmFishing the California DeltaMatt HarveyPier 48/Seminar A
3:00 pmBoat as a BusinessButch FloreyPier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmWakeboarding/Wakesurfing 101 Pier 48/Seminar B
4:00 pmPaddleboards: Water Safety and EquipmentGeoff FisherPier 48/Seminar A

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 Francisco Boat Show®.


Seminar Descriptions: NEW curriculum for 2015!
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:00 amOne-on-One with a Service TechnicianFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:30 amBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:00 pmCabin Cruiser Systems AnalysisFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:00 pmA Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's PerformanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:30 pmDiagnosing Electrical ProblemsFredFred's Shed # A-9
2:00 pm“Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”FredFred's Shed # A-9
2:30 pmBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:00 pmScratches, Dings and OxidationFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:30 pmDiesel Troubleshooting, Repair and MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:00 pmGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:30 pmChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:00 pmEradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and CrudFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:30 pmMaintaining a Marine Battery SystemFredFred's Shed # A-9
Friday, January 23, 2015
10:00 amOne-on-One with a Service TechnicianFredFred's Shed # A-9
10:30 amGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:00 amEradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and CrudFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:30 amCabin Cruiser Systems AnalysisFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:00 pmDiesel Troubleshooting, Repair and MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:30 pmChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:00 pmBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:30 pmDiagnosing Electrical ProblemsFredFred's Shed # A-9
2:00 pm“Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”FredFred's Shed # A-9
2:30 pmGas Engine Troubleshooting and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:00 pmTrailer Maintenance and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:30 pmCabin Cruiser Systems AnalysisFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:00 pmGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:30 pmChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:00 pmBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:30 pmMaintaining a Marine Battery SystemFredFred's Shed # A-9
Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00 amOne-on-One with a Service TechnicianFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:00 amChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:30 amTrailer Maintenance and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:00 pmGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:30 pmDiagnosing Electrical ProblemsFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:00 pmA Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's PerformanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
2:00 pm“Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”FredFred's Shed # A-9
2:30 pmGas Engine Troubleshooting and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:00 pmTrailer Maintenance and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:30 pmCabin Cruiser Systems AnalysisFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:00 pmDiesel Troubleshooting, Repair and MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:30 pmChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:00 pmBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:30 pmMaintaining a Marine Battery SystemFredFred's Shed # A-9
Sunday, January 25, 2015
10:00 amOne-on-One with a Service TechnicianFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:00 amChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
11:30 amTrailer Maintenance and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
12:00 pmGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:00 pmA Fast and Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat's PerformanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
1:30 pmEradicating Mold, Mildew, Dirt and CrudFredFred's Shed # A-9
2:00 pm“Oh No, There's Ethanol in my Fuel!”FredFred's Shed # A-9
2:30 pmGas Engine Troubleshooting and RepairFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:00 pmBoats that SitFredFred's Shed # A-9
3:30 pmCabin Cruiser Systems AnalysisFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:00 pmGas Outboard General MaintenanceFredFred's Shed # A-9
4:30 pmChanging a Water PumpFredFred's Shed # A-9
5:00 pmOne-on-One with a Service TechnicianFredFred's Shed # A-9

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training 
Powerboat, Sailing and Catamaran

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, in-water powerboating, sailing and catamaran workshops designed to 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! 

Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants who pre-register online will receive FREE boat show admission ($12,- value) for the day. Participants may also register for Clinics and Seminars at the Discover Boating Resource Center during the boat show on a space available basis.
 
All sessions are based on internationally recognized training and certification programs and are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors. You'll learn skills that will last a lifetime.
 

One-hour powerboating workshops

Essential Boating Safety - Presented Dockside
Airline pilots wouldn’t dream of taking off without performing a thorough pre-flight check of the aircraft. In this session participants will learn how professional boat captains conduct a pre-departure, voyage-critical systems, a post voyage checkout procedure and more. All participants will receive a reusable, laminated copy of the specially designed pre-departure checklist to take home. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

First Mate Skills – Presented Dockside
Competent crewmembers that know their way around the boat make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and will always get invited back. This session covers the essential skills required of a top-notch first mate including those that make docking and undocking drama free and uneventful. These sessions are for crewmembers (and skippers) of all skill levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Basic Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills – On Water
Participants will learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence. For newcomers and those who want to polish their skills under the guidance of a professional captain. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Anchoring and Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques – On Water
The Prospect of anchoring overnight can create anxiety for even the most experienced boaters. The skills taught in this session will help you get a better night’s sleep at anchor including how to prepare for heavy winds and managing a dragging anchor, rafting up with other vessels and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship – On Water
Helmsmanship - the ability to steer and handle a boat well - can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom. In this session you’ll take the helm to learn skills needed to be a confident boat operator including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels. For more info and to register CLICK HERE
 

Three-hour powerboating workshops

The Powerboat workshops will be offered in partnership with Passage Yachts and BoatUS.

Advanced Docking
The ability to maneuver a boat confidently and without “drama” in challenging conditions requires a set of skills that can take years to perfect. If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Powerboating Made Easy
If you’ve ever left your boat sitting in her slip when the weather looked even a little “iffy,” this program was designed for you. Taught entirely on board while underway, by a USCG licensed and professional certified instructor this session covers essential skills you need to ensure the safety of the boat and everyone aboard. It delivers the practical hands-on experience to increase your ability and confidence and leads to greater boating safety and enjoyment. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

 

Sailing & Catamaran workshops

All instruction is offered in cooperation with Trade Winds Sailing School & Club.
If you have questions, please send them to Sail America at discoversailing@sailamerica.com

Introducation to Sailing
No experience necessary - Participants will receive an insight into the world of sailing with this short but informative and interactive on-the-water class. Before getting underway, participants will get a safety briefing and be provided with life jackets. This will be followed by a walk though above decks, during which you will be introduced to common nautical terms. A few demonstrations of line handling, boat awareness and physical stances will be shown before leaving the dock. For more info and to register CLICK HERE

Anchoring
It has been a long day of sailing, and now the anchor is down. Time for some rest; but the wind is picking up and you’re having trouble falling asleep. Questions.... “Did I choose the right anchoring technique? Am I safe from other boats anchored nearby? What about changes in current, tide or wind? What if I begin to drag?” These and other questions are addressed in the Anchoring Class. This 2 hour hands-on, on-the-water class will introduce you to such techniques as picking up a mooring ball, setting an anchor properly, setting two anchors, anchoring bow and stern, Bahamian anchoring and Med mooring. We will discuss selecting the right anchor configuration for your situation, what to do about a fouled anchor, risk of rode in the prop and other issues.Our goal? A good, sound sleep the next time you spend the night at anchor. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

Docking under Power

This 2 hour course will enable you to control your vessel in close quarters maneuvering, instead of the other way around. It is one of the few classes that you will use every time you depart or arrive at a dock - and most students are pleasantly surprised to find themselves at an advanced - or even expert - level at the end of this fun session. 2-hour On Water Learning REGISTER HERE

A Taste of Sailing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of those people sailing on San Francisco Bay; enjoying the sun, wind, and water? Have you asked yourself what skills you need to join them, or where they go, what they see, and what they are doing out there? After all of the excitement created by the recent America’s Cup, are you curious what it takes to race a sail boat on San Francisco Bay or why you’d even want to? Then this sailing experience is for you! Join us for a 4 hour sail on San Francisco Bay. REGISTER HERE

Catamaran Sailing On Water Learning
Offered in cooperation with Tradewinds Sailing School & Club
Are you getting ready for your next charter vacation? Are you curious as to why so many sailors and charter companies are choosing multihulls? Are you looking to expand your sailing knowledge to include cruising catamarans? Then this is the class for you. During this 3 hour, on-the-water class you will learn to maneuver a large cruising catamaran under both sail and power. You’ll learn about docking, anchoring, man over-board, and general systems of a large cruising catamaran. REGISTER HERE