New to Boating?
It All Starts Here!

Are you new to boating and not really sure where to begin? Then drop by the New Boating Welcome Centre, located in the centre of the show between Hall B and the Mariner’s Marketplace.

Here, our team of friendly, knowledgeable boaters will be pleased to provide straight answers to all your boating questions.

Discover Boating Centre

Ask our unbiased experts anything – we’re here to help!

  • How do I create a realistic budget that works?
  • How do I make sure that I choose the boat that’s right for me and my needs?
  • How do I successfully “shop a boat show”?
  • What kinds of questions should I ask?
  • How do I decide where to go boating?

We want you to find out how easy it is to realize your boating dreams. Once you get started, you’ll soon discover how much better life is with a boat!

New Boater Seminars

What better way to learn about boating than to enjoy one of our free New Boater Seminars? It’s all right here in the New Boater Welcome Centre! Begin your boat show visit with a free 50-minute seminar on how to buy your first boat. Presented each day, this seminar reviews working with dealers or brokers, the benefits of getting a marine survey and what to do, why and when to get marine insurance, vessel licensing, education opportunities, required operator certification for powered vessels, and the use of marine radios. The presentation wraps up with a question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to speak further with our panel of experts.

New this year - daily seminars on Financing Your Boat; Options to Make Boating Affordable

If you prefer to have a presentation and guided tour in mandarin check the schedule for times with Charley Zhou.

Click here to view 2017 schedule.

Discover Canada … From Its Water!

Getting started in boating can be daunting for new Canadians, especially if English is not their first language. Daily demonstrations and guided show floor tours provided in Mandarin by boating specialist Charley Zhou of Ahoy Captain Yachting Services bridge language barriers and make boating more accessible to everyone!

Check back for 2017 tour schedule.


CPS Boating Skills Virtual Training – Risk Free Boating

Navigate your way through a variety of simulated boating challenges with help from Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons!

Experienced instructors will teach you about aids to navigation, pre-departure checklists, guest muster drills, VHF/DSC radio operation, anchoring techniques, and how to deal with emergency situations.

State-of-the-art boating simulator technology teaches you how to deal with a variety of scenarios including docking, fairways, pivot turns, moorings, emergency stops, strong currents, variable winds and night operations – all safely on dry land!

All boaters are welcome!

Boating … It’s For Everyone!

Come and learn from the experts at CharterAbility how boating can be accessible to everyone!

A registered charity, CharterAbility is dedicated to providing accessible, recreational, boating at no cost to people of all ages deprived of the opportunity due to physical limitations or personal circumstances.



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