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2012 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show Makes a Splash with New On-Water Education and Fun for All Ages
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The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show returns Sept. 28-30 with new educational attractions, providing boaters of all skill levels and ages a unique opportunity to discover boating.
TAMPA – The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show returns Sept. 28-30 with new educational attractions, providing boaters of all skill levels and ages a unique opportunity to discover boating.

From on-the-water boat training to scuba lessons and do-it-yourself maintenance seminars, the bay area’s premier boating event offers attendees a variety of hands-on learning experiences.

Clinics will be offered throughout the three-day show, held at the Tampa Convention Center. In addition to learning new skills, attendees can find exclusive deals on hundreds of boats from the region’s top retailers and shop the marine industry’s newest accessories and electronics.

Interactive activities at the 2012 boat show include:

‘Take the Helm’ with Discover Boating – From novice boaters to seasoned sailors, attendees can take part in several on-the-water powerboat and sailing clinics.

- The Recreational Powerboating Association will offer one- and three-hour powerboating clinics. One-hour seminars include Fundamentals of Close Quarters Powerboat Handling, Advanced Close Quarters Maneuvering for Experienced Boaters, Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship and Anchoring & Multi-Vessel Rafting Techniques ($10 per session). The three-hour clinics, which provide more hands-on training and practice time, also include sessions for beginners and experts ($125 per session; includes boat show admission).

- Aboard 30- to 40-foot sailboats, the American Sailing Association (ASA) will teach the basics in their Introduction to Sailing course, in addition to a Coastal Cruising clinic for more experienced sailors and Docking Under Power & Close Quarters Boat Control for sailors of all skill levels. All sailing clinics are $25 each and run 90 minutes. The ASA will also offer in-depth, three-hour introductory and advanced seminars for $125 per session (includes boat show admission).

Try SCUBA diving at the ‘Be a Diver Pool’ – The Dive Equipment & Marketing Association’s (DEMA) 15,000-gallon heated pool is open to any attendees 10 years and older who want a free diving lesson. Wetsuits and equipment are provided and experienced divers are also welcome to test out the latest scuba gear. All divers will leave with a piece of treasure: an underwater photograph of their adventure.

Master maintenance at Fred’s Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center – ‘The Boating Guy,’ Keith Ammons, and ‘Fred the Outboard Doctor,’ a certified marine service technician, will lead hands-on clinics and Q&A sessions about do-it-yourself boat maintenance. These free sessions include instruction on prepping a boat for performance and fuel economy, changing a water pump, maintaining an engine, detailing and more. Boaters will be able to actively participate and ask questions during these seminars, which are scheduled throughout the weekend.

For tickets and details, visit

Key Show Facts

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In-water area closes at 7 p.m. daily

Where: Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602

Tickets: $12 for Adults age 16 and older; children under 15 admitted free.

Friday Show Special: $2 off advance adult ticket purchase for Friday, Sept. 28

Purchase tickets at, at the show box office, or by calling 954-441-3220.

For more information, visit

About the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show

Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit
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