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Hands-on Learning Center featured at Newport Boat Show

Newport International Boat Show
August 23, 2012
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Press Release

New “Welcome to the Water” Program Lets Beginners and Experienced Boaters Take the Helm

Newport, RI, August, 2012…This year’s Newport International Boat Show, which runs from September 13 – 16 in Newport, Rhode Island, will be offering Discover Boating’s newest inter-active event for both sailors and powerboaters, the “Welcome to the Water Hands-On Training Series”.  This collection of 60-minute and 90-minute clinics and three-hour seminars takes place completely on the water in a dedicated fleet of power and sailboats, right at the Show.   These hands-on, underway events are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors and provide in-depth training in a broad array of subjects of interest to boaters.

A nominal fee of $20 for the 60-minute clinics and $25 for the 90-minute sessions is required and the fee for the three-hour seminars – which includes textbooks and Boat Show admission for the day – is $125.

The program for powerboaters  include four sixty minute clinics including “Close Quarters Powerboat Handing”, “Advanced Close Quarters Maneuvering”, “Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship” and “Anchoring & Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques”.   The three-hour seminars for powerboaters include “Powerboating Made Easy/Basic Skills” and “Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control”.

For sailors, three 90-minute clinics will be offered including “Introduction to Sailing”, “Coastal Cruising” and “Docking Under Power”.  The three-hour seminars will include “Sailing Made Easy /Basic Skills” and “Advanced Sailing Skills”.

The Clinics and seminars are conducted daily and class size is limited to maximize hands-on participation.  Advance registration is required and additional details are available online at the boat show website, www.newportboatshow.com.

Information about the Show, which features over 750 exhibitors and some 600 boats ranging in size from 15 to 90 feet, is also available on the website or by calling 401-846-1115 or 800-582-7846. …or follow us on Facebook.

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