Education

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Step up your boating game and plan your next adventure with the educational opportunities at the Show.

Hosting a number of family-friendly introductory boating courses such as Intro to Boating, Women Making Waves, Precision Docking and Boat Handling, and Open Water Boat Handling.

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Spend the day at the Bay Bridge Boat Show with your family. Start your day with a Boating Safety Class taught by the USCG Auxiliary, children under 12 yrs are free and then move onto visiting the show!

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The 2024 Bay Bridge Boat Show will feature daily seminars presented by show partners. Seminars are free for all attendees to enjoy. See the full schedule below.

Seminar Schedule

* Schedule subject to change.

  • 10:15am-11:00am

    Dock and Dine on the Upper Bay with John Stefancik

    John Stefancik of Marine Trades Association of Maryland has literally written the book on Docking and Dining in the Chesapeake Bay.  His goal is to give the boater some great places to stop and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine while arriving by boat.  He tries to keep the stops fun for all and guidance for the stops with docking or anchorage suggestions.

    11:15am-12:00pm

    VHF Etiquette on the water with John Herlig

    Do you know how to operate your VHF radio if there is an emergency on board your vessel?  How do you request a bridge opening along the intracoastal waterways?  What is the difference between high power and low power channels on the radio?  John Herlig has spent many years traveling the east coast and the Caribbean and will make sense of the VHF radio with fun and humor!

    1:15pm-2:00pm

    2024 Great Chesapeake Invasive Count presented by David Sikorski with CCA Maryland

    Discover the secrets of the Chesapeake Bay with CCA Maryland! Join us for an engaging seminar on the Great Chesapeake Invasive Count, a year-long event gathering valuable data on invasive fish. Learn insider tips on catching these species, discover their habitats, understand their impact, and even explore delectable ways to cook them. Participate in this insightful session to expand your angling knowledge and stand a chance to win exciting prizes and giveaways!”

    2:15pm-3:00pm

    Light Tackle Jigging for Rockfish presented by Lenny Rudow of FishTalk Magazine

    Light tackle jigging is one of the most popular ways to fish for striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay, and FishTalk’s own Lenny Rudow will give anglers the lowdown on what tactics and tackle they need to be successful. He’ll also cover how to find hotspots on the Bay, how to know when conditions are prime for light tackle jigging, and how to choose the best lures for different jigging situations. If catching big rockfish on light tackle sounds like fun to you, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss.

     

  • 10:15am - 11:00am

    Dock and Dine on the Upper Bay with John Stefancik

    John Stefancik of Marine Trades Association of Maryland has literally written the book on Docking and Dining in the Chesapeake Bay.  His goal is to give the boater some great places to stop and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine while arriving by boat.  He tries to keep the stops fun for all and guidance for the stops with docking or anchorage suggestions.

    11:15am - 12:00pm

    Women: How to Build Your Boating Skills and Confidence with Cheryl Duvall & Vicki Saporta of CAPCA

    Sponsored by Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association

    Are you interested in getting up to speed for safe and fun boating? Would you like to feel more comfortable behind the wheel or handling the dock lines? Do you know what do in an emergency? Nothing takes the place of actual practice on the water but attend this session to learn what you need to know to build your skills and confidence. Attendees will leave this introductory session knowing where they need to focus their follow-up education and training.

    1:15pm - 2:00pm

    10 Skills Every New/Current Boat Owner Must Master!   with Capt. Bob Fortna

    Sponsored by Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association

    Capt. Bob will highlight the 10 skills every new/current boat owner and crew must master to safely boat on the Chesapeake Bay. Every boat owner/crew wants to enjoy a beautiful cruise on the Bay with friends and family.  However, there are many  aspects to boating that must be mastered to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.   Join Capt. Bob to review the 10  skills and ensure that you and your crew are up to speed on these critical areas!

     

    2:15pm-3:00pm

    Fishing for Snakeheads in Chesapeake Tributaries presented by Team FishTalk II

    Years after invading our region’s waterways, the invasive snakehead has turned into a popular target for anglers addicted to thrilling topwater explosions, rod-bending battles, and fantastic fresh fish dinners. They’re a favored fish of the sponsored angler-influencers on Team FishTalk II: Dillon Waters (who also happens to be FishTalk’s Fishing Reports Editor), David Rudow (better known as @reelinwithrudow), and Mark “Cha-Cha” Nicolaus (@cha_cha_fishing). These young up-and-coming anglers will share their top tips, tricks, and tactics for getting monster snakeheads into the boat.

  • 10:15am - 11:00am

    Preparing Your Boat for Coastal Cruising with Cheryl Duvall & Vicki Saporta of CAPCA

    Sponsored by Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association

    Thinking of going offshore for coastal cruising? Learn what you need to do to prepare your boat, yourself, and your crew for a safe and fun passage. Attendees will leave with insights from two experienced captains who prepared their individual boats for extensive offshore cruising, including maintenance, upgrades, and new purchases for increased safety and comfort offshore.

    11:15a - 12:00pm

    Tips from a professional when buying a used powerboat by Scott Berg, from CBW Marine Surveyor, Consultant and Captain

    1:15pm - 2:00pm

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    2:15pm - 3:00pm

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