Southern California’s Premier Boating Event Kicks Off
Summer June 19-22, 2014
Whether you're in a the market for a new boat or personal watercraft or you just want to take advantage of the fun and exciting San Diego International Boat Show has to offer you'll find it all here. You can also win tickets to the show for a family of (4). What are you waiting for?
2014 Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show highlights:
Take exercise to the water at Try It Cove: Sponsored by The Waterman’s Depot, Try It Cove challenges attendees to find out firsthand why paddle sports are all the rage with a variety of free opportunities to get on the water, including Stand Up Paddling (SUP), kayaking and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring their bathing suits; life jackets and changing room are provided.
Learn to SCUBA: At the ‘Be a Diver Pool,’ dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool. Anyone ages 10 and older can learn how to scuba dive with a certified instructor – all one needs is a swimsuit to participate. The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) provides scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers. Participants can also get a photo taken underwater as a fun keepsake.
Free sailing lesson aboard the Sailing Simulator, featured at the America’s Cup: Experience how a sailboat 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 participants can get a feel for the water, without getting wet. It's a unique training platform for sailors of all ages.
Tastes & sounds of summer: Visit the new floating Tiki Bar by Fiddler’s Green, Anchors & Ales Beer Garden or popular food trucks, plus a BBQ hosted by the Rotary Club La Mesa to enjoy libations and local cuisine favorites while listening to island/boat music from a steel drum band.
Climb aboard a Vietnam War boat: Presented by the San Diego Maritime Museum, visitors can board and tour one of the historic PCF 816 Swift Boats used during the Vietnam War, used to disrupt seaborne supplies from getting to the enemy, as well as to provide gunfire support and troop evacuation. All boat show attendees that board the vessel will receive a free ticket to visit the “San Salvador” courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum.
Nautical Activities for the Kids: While mom and dad are shopping for the new family boat, little skippers can enjoy the Kids’ Zone, drawing their favorite nautical picture to take home as a souvenir, enjoy activities at Try It Cove and play bag “bait” toss at the Progressive Insurance booth for prizes.
DIY clinics for the hand’s on boater: Back again this year is the Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a garage-like setting, to learn how to keep that boat in tip-top shape. Check the website for registration details and seminar schedules.
Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training power boating and sailing lessons feature 60-to 90- minute on-water skills-building clinics, with instruction on a variety power boating and sailing topics**. And for a more in-depth experience, there are several advanced 3 ½-hour, underway courses scheduled, including an Introduction to Cruising Catamarans.
Dozens of complimentary seminars are held daily on the shore featuring a new series on exploring south of the border, blue water cruising, intro to sailing and more.
**Advance registration for on-water clinics is highly recommended; fee for each on-water Discover Boating clinic includes complimentary boat show admission for the day; participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Complete details about the boat show can be found at www.SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com.
Show Details: When: Thursday through Sunday, June 19-22, 2014 Thursday, June 19 and Friday, June 20– Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21–10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22– 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Where:Harbor Island 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: $12 – Adults (16 years & older) FREE – Children (15 years & under) and FREE with proper ID – Active military personnel, Fire and Police
More information about the show can be found here at: www.SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com
To enter the giveaway, please comment what you're most excited for at the SD International Boat Show. Tell me if you're in the market for a boat or peresonal watercraft or just want to enjoy the event.