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The Club Marine Perth International Boat Show is excited to announce a new attraction at the Show this year: Discover Boating.

Discover Boating is a free, fun activity for children of all ages and is aimed at getting kids out on the water. Whether they’ve been boating or sailing before, or if they are a complete novice, Discover Boating will give them a chance to get out on a boat, learn new skills, test their abilities, and most importantly, have a lot of fun.

The Discover Boating activity is presented by the Outboard Engine Distributors Association, with support from Mercury, Yamaha, Suzuki, Evinrude and Tohatsu.

All participants in any of the Discover Boating activities will be required to register before taking part, meaning that we are able to capture their contact details for databases. Participants can then be contacted in future with information on sailing activities, Recreational Skipper’s Tickets and other relevant information.

Discover Boating includes different boating styles for different aged children to take part in, and all activities are free.

Tackers Sailing

Thanks to Australian Sailing and Clubs RPYC, RFBYC and SoPYC, the popular “Tackers Sailing Program” will run all weekend at the Club Marine Perth International Boat Show. “Tackers Sailing” is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12, delivered at recognised Tackers Clubs. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. All you need to do is register on the day, grab your life-jacket and take in some instruction and then you’re off! It’s completely safe, with a special course allocated for the Tackers boats and managed by a team of qualified instructors. And most importantly, kids will feel the thrill of sailing all by themselves on the beautiful Swan River!

The Powerboat Experience

Designed to give people a first introduction to boating in a safe environment, “The Powerboat Experience” will utilise inflatable dinghies with 4hp small outboard and will run over a designated course within Elizabeth Quay. Qualified instructors will take participants out on the boats and offer training and instructions as part of the activity. The Powerboat Experience is for children aged 10 years and over to learn new skills, as well as for teenagers and adults who are looking to get their Recreational Skipper’s Ticket.

Discover Sailing

For older children and adults, the Discover Sailing program offers a chance to get out on a 36 foot yacht on the open water. No experience is necessary, guests can do as little or as much as they like and all safety precautions are taken. Participants will be taken in groups of five out from Elizabeth Quay and transferred onto the yachts. There will be two instructors aboard the yachts who are there to teach sailing skills and make sure participants enjoy their time on the water. Each run will last around 35 minutes.

Kayaks

One of the easiest forms of boating for all ages, kayak rides will be another activity at this year’s Club Marine Perth International Boat Show thanks to Hobie. Kayak rides will be free for all ages to take part in.

Experience Boating activities will run daily from 10am-4pm, register at the Australian Sailing tent at Elizabeth Quay!

Discover Boating is sponsored by Outbiard Engine Distributors Association.

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