Nothing beats hands-on experience for improving your boating skills or learning new ones. This year's show features hands-on, on-the-water boating workshops at the Granville Island Floating Show. Discover Boating presents Hands-on Skills Training CLINICS at the Vancouver International Boat Show, January 18 – 22, 2017. Delivered in partnership with professional trainers from Cooper Boating who have been educated in the Hands-On Skills Training program, our aim is to make boating more accessible, safe and enjoyable for everyone!
There's something for everyone — from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! You'll learn from experts: All sessions are taught by skilled on-water trainers from Cooper Boating.
Each event is 60 minutes long and registration is free. Participation is limited to four persons per boat. These effective learning events will help develop skills that will last a lifetime and add significantly to your boating safety and enjoyment. Please note that to participate you must already have your PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card). Remember: These courses have limited spaces available during the show, so be sure to register in advance to book your space. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis; and at no charge, we expect spaces to fill up quickly!
Registration is now open! CLICK HERE to secure your spot!
Fundamentals of Close Quarters Boat Handling
Hone your docking skills and practice close quarters maneuvering with a professional instructor. Learn the fundamentals of boat control in confined spaces including how to confidently maneuver close to other boats, piers, docks and fixed objects. Participants will also learn how to turn around in tight spaces, back down a narrow channel in a straight line and other important docking and maneuvering skills. It’s designed for all boaters who wish to increase both competence and confidence in docking situations.
Click here for more information on the Floating Show at Granville Island, which closes daily at 5pm.