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2011 Norwalk Boat Show Gets Visitors Off the Dock with New On-the-Water Training Series
Show Offers Exclusive Opportunity for New and Seasoned Boaters to Become More Confident on the Water at Discover Boating Resource Center

August 23, 2011 (Norwalk, CT) – Visitors to the 2011 Norwalk Boat Show will get the unique opportunity to head out on Long Island Sound and hone their boating and sailing skills with expert guidance at the Discover Boating Resource Center, a new, interactive offering of free on-the-water courses. Discover Boating, the non-profit awareness program for the U.S. recreational boating industry, and the 2011 Norwalk Boat Show have partnered to create the Resource Center in an effort to help seasoned skippers and those just getting their feet wet learn the benefits of the boating lifestyle from expert instructors, and how to become more confident at the helm.
            “The Norwalk Boat Show has always been a destination for the best deals and latest introductions in boating, but for the first time, we are offering boaters and sailors the opportunity to actually get out on the water and learn in a hands-on setting,” said Jon Pritko, show manager. “Whether it’s using the latest technology to navigate and dock in close quarter situations, sharpening your sailing skills or taking a refresher course in boating safety, the Discover Boating Resource Center provides an unparalleled interactive experience that will help you discover all of the ways life can be better with a boat!”
 
Discover Boating Resource Center opportunities include:
·         Close Quarters Powerboat Handling (presented by the Recreational PowerBoating Association) - Improve docking skills and practice close quarters maneuvering aboard outboard powered vessels with a professional certified instructor. Participants will learn the fundamentals of boat control in confined spaces, including maneuvering close to fixed objects and other boats, backing down in a straight line in a narrow channel, and turning around in tight spaces. Daily sessions at Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 5pm. Class size is extremelylimited; advance, online registration is recommended.Click here to registerin advance. 
 
·         Advanced Docking Experience (presented by the Recreational PowerBoating Association) - This hands-on class is taught by certified professionals aboard a twin inboard powerboat and covers advanced, precision boat control techniques including managing wind and current in close quarters situations, momentum control, strategies for maneuvering in confined spaces and close to docks, piers, pilings and other vessels. The class is geared toward boaters who have some experience with twin in-board propulsion systems, as well as those who are thinking about moving up in boat size or class. Class size is extremely limited; advance, online registration is highly recommendedClick here to registerin advance. 
 
·         Essential Boating Safety (presented by the Recreational PowerBoating Association) -The primary responsibility of every skipper is to ensure the safety of his or her vessel, the passengers and the crew. This onboard event covers critical safety elements including: how to perform a thorough pre-departure and post-sail vessel check out; identifying and using USCG-required safety equipment, handling underway emergencies; how to conduct a pre-departure passenger safety briefing; and the correct use of a VHF radio. These hands-on learning sessions are designed for skippers and crew of all experience levels. PLEASE NOTE: Space in each session is limited—advance registration is highly recommendedClick here to registerin advance.
 
·         Introduction to Sailing (presented by Sound Sailing Center and Discover Sailing) - Learn how fun and easy sailing is by participating in a sailing skills clinic aboard a Discover Sailing training vessel.  These sessions run daily from 10:30am-noon and 4-5:30pm.  PLEASE NOTE: Space in each session is limited—advance registration is highly recommendedClick here to register.
 
·         Coastal Cruising (presented by Sound Sailing Center and Discover Sailing) - Learn advanced sailing skills and recovery methods aboard Discover Sailing training vessels.  This training session runs daily from 1:30-3:30pm. PLEASE NOTE: Space in each session is limited—advance registration is highly recommendedClick here to register.
Stop by the Discover Boating Resource Center, located at the head of Dock A, to learn more about the 2011 offerings and register in advance to secure a spot in any of the courses.
 
For more information on ways to ‘Get Off Your Dock’ and a wide array of boating resources and tips, visit DiscoverBoating.com.
 
All Discover Boating Dock activities are FREE with admission to the Norwalk Boat Show.
 
Show details:
 
When:         Thursday through Sunday, September 22-25, 10am – 6pm Daily
 
Where:        Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, CT
 
Tickets:       $14.00 for adults (16 and older); FREE for kids 15 and under
 Discount Group Tickets — $3.00 discount per ticket; available for groups of 10-30; $5
 discount per ticket for groups of 31+
           
Phone:        718.707.0711
 
Web:            For more information and to pre-shop the show, visitBoatShowNorwalk.com.
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About the Norwalk Boat Show
The 36th annual Norwalk 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 www.nmma.org.
 
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