Courses & Seminars

2019 Educational Seminars

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

PAM WALL
WORLD-RENOWNED CRUISING-LIFESTYLE EXPERT

 Pam Wall is well-known for outfitting world cruisers, consulting on prospective sailing routes, sailing instruction, and as a seminar speaker who encourages and educates on the cruising lifestyle. Along with her husband, Andy, and two young children, Samantha & Jamie, Pam has sailed around the world on their home built “Freya 39 KANDARIK”,  and later, across the Atlantic to Europe and back three times. Pam worked for West Marine for over 20 years as their Outfitting Manager & Cruising Consultant.  Join Pam Wall at the Boat Show this year to take partin a variety of seminars in the Library at Seamen’s Church Institute on the Bowen’s Wharf / Market Square show site. Seminars are free with boat show wristband (which is given out at gates with an admission ticket to the show).
Register early – seminars fill up quickly, see below for registration links.

Friday, September 13th 11:00am- 12Noon
Saturday, September 14th 11:00am – 12Noon

In this seminar Pam presents a list of her favorite products that she thinks many may not know about. Come hear her explain each item on that list and why she recommends it and how it is unique!

Friday, September 13th 1:00 – 2:00pm

Pam encountered several major hurricanes in the years of sailing her boat KANDARIK around the world. What she learned from her first hurricane, Andrew, helped her survive and save her boat from damage in hurricanes Thelma, Dennis, and Floyd and then Irma. Pam will share a list to follow and how to secure your boat. (view video of hurricanes Dennis, Cat. 2, and Hurricane Floyd Cat 4 in the Bahamas!!)

Friday, September 13th 3:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 14th 3:00 – 5:00pm

Learn from a pro on how a boat should be equipped to take your family sailing anywhere in the world; how to make it more efficient, safer, and more fun! Pam will share photos of KANDARIK, the sailboat she and her husband built and deployed for a seven year circumnavigation with their two small children.

Saturday, September 14th 1:00- 2:00pm
Sunday, September 15th 11:00am- 12Noon

Pam Wall, with her husband and two small children, followed their dream of circumnavigating the world from the deck of their 39 foot sloop. Watching their two young children grow up aboard a small boat is not only fascinating, but educational as well. See the family’s enthusiasm for this wonderful lifestyle in a slide presentation that will make you want to cast off!

Sunday, September 15th 1:00- 2:00pm

We can’t afford the airfare, so let’s sail our children to school in France! That is what Pam Wall and her family did. The children were to go to school in Europe, and instead of flying them across the ocean, the whole family sailed across the Atlantic. Share their Atlantic crossing from Florida to Ireland to France and back. See the islands in the Atlantic, visit Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. Cruise back through the West Indies to Florida.

2019 Boating Experiences

CONFIDENT CAPTAIN – AT THE HELM TRAINING PRESENTS: NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW HANDS-ON BOATING CLINICS

There is nothing more valuable than hands-on training to make you a better, safer, and more confident boater!

Take the helm of a powerboat or sailboat with a professional USCG-licensed captain who will lead you through engaging clinics and give you strategies to help improve your confidence and ability and make your time on the water fun. All experience levels are welcome. You will never feel pressured to buy a boat because Confident Captain instructors are professional captains, not boat salesmen. The courses are offered all four days of the Newport Boat Show for both powerboat and sailboat and are open to all boat show attendees. We recommend registering online in advance as these courses are limited and sell out quickly. See below for more details.

2019 POWERBOATING COURSES:

Become A Power-Boater

Come aboard one of our powerboats with a professional captain and boating instructor who will help you enjoy boating while developing confidence at the helm. Get on the right track to becoming a knowledgeable and skilled power-boater with this 90-minute, on the water, hands-on course.  

Learn to:

  • depart the dock safely
  • use onboard systems and equipment
  • safely navigate and “buoy hop”
  • understand “Rules of the Road”
  • handle emergencies underway
  • obey local, state and federal regulations while boating
  • use the VHF Radio….
  • and more!

Day/Time: Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 – 11:30 AM || 12:00 – 1:30 PM || 2:00 – 3:30  PM

Already confident at the helm? This 90-minute experience is valuable for your spouse, your children, and anyone else who might enjoy giving you a break at the helm!

Price: 90-minute underway session: $99 per person

TICKET TO THE NEWPORT BOAT SHOW IS INCLUDED IN PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION!

Come aboard one of our powerboats with a professional captain and boating instructor who will help you enjoy boating while developing confidence at the helm. Learn the fundamentals of docking and maneuvering to make every voyage fun, stress-free and safe!

Learn to:

  • stop, turn, and keep control of your boat even in windy conditions
  • dock alongside a face pier
  • dock in a finger slip
  • depart the dock safely
  • avoid the marina neighbor that pulls out in front of you!

Day/Time: Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 -11:30 AM || 12:00 – 1:30 PM || 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Already confident at the helm? This 90-minute experience is valuable for your spouse, your children, and anyone else who might enjoy giving you a break at the helm!

Price: 90-minute underway session: $99 per person

TICKET TO THE NEWPORT BOAT SHOW IS INCLUDED IN PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION!

Come aboard one of our powerboats with a professional captain and boating instructor who will help you enjoy boating while developing confidence at the helm. Learn slightly more advanced fundamentals of outboard cruising and docking to make every voyage fun, stress-free and safe! (Recommended pre-requisite is Powerboat Docking For Beginners)

Learn to:

  • motor with forces such as prop walk, prop wash, wind, and currents
  • master tough maneuvering situations like upwind, downwind, and crosswind scenarios
  • operate with confidence in close quarters and in most weather situations
  • maneuver and cruise at high speed
  • control trim and speed to handle waves swells and wakes

Day/Time: Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 – 11:30 AM || 12:30 – 2:00 PM || 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Price: 90-minute underway session: $99 per person

TICKET TO THE NEWPORT BOAT SHOW IS INCLUDED IN PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION!

2019 SAILBOAT COURSES

Join Confident Captain at the Newport International Boat Show for Hands-On sailing courses. At The Helm, sailing courses are taught by professional sailboat captains with significant sailing experience in both inshore racing and offshore cruising/racing.

After completing this course, you’ll understand how a sailboat works, the common commands used to steer and some basic sailing terminology. You’ll not only get the most out of your time on the water but also be able to actively participate in the magic of sailing! All participants will helm and crew the boats!

Learn

  • Basic sailing terminology, parts, and functions
  • Helm commands
  • Basic sail trim
  • Buoyage, seamanship, and safety.
  • Wind awareness, basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards

Day/Time: Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 to 11:30 AM || 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Price: 90-minute underway session: $99 per person

TICKET TO THE NEWPORT BOAT SHOW IS INCLUDED IN PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION!

Join Confident Captain at the Newport Boat Show for Hands-On sailing courses. At The Helm, sailing courses are taught by professional sailboat captains with significant sailing experience in both inshore racing and offshore cruising/racing. (Recommended pre-requisite is “Just Go Sailing”)

Learn

  • sailing speed and efficiency
  • balance in the sail plan
  • use the sails to help maneuver the boat
  • spinnaker sets, gybes, douse
  • to match your sail trim to the conditions

Day/Time: Thursday – Saturday: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Price: $199 per person

TICKET TO THE NEWPORT BOAT SHOW IS INCLUDED IN PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION!