Family Fun at the Progressive San Diego International Boat Show 2013


Our family is always looking for fun things to do by the water in San Diego. So when we heard that the Progressive San Diego International Boat Show was heading to town June 20th through the 23rd and were offered tickets we knew we’d want to stop by and check things out.

If you’ve been thinking of purchasing a boat or are simply looking for great ways to enjoy the water with the boat you already own then this is the show for you! From interactive demos to seminars on safety, the San Diego International Boat Show has everything for the boat enthusiast.

Plus if you have little ones this is a great way to learn about water safety and teach the kids about our oceans.

San Diego International Boat Show

Here are a few great features that you’ll find at the show:

Try It Cove

This event isn’t just for the adults! Kids can get in on the fun (and kids at heart) with Try It Cove!

Back by popular demand, Try It Cove is your chance to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and all sorts of other on-water activities for FREE! What a fun way to spend part of your day at the Boat Show! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel – they’ll provide the kayaks, paddle boards and paddles.  Changing rooms will be provided.

Learn to SCUBA at the “Be a Diver” Pool

Lessons and all equipment is provided at no charge courtesy of the Dive Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool. Anyone age 10 and older can learn how to scuba dive with a certified instructor—all you need is a swim suit to participate. We will supply the scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers. It’s a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your “diving adventure.”

Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Life Jacket Trade-In

All water enthusiasts, regardless of age, should wear properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jackets whenever they are out on the water. Representatives from the DBW will be at the show to inspect your life jacket for proper fit and serviceability. If it is found to be outgrown or otherwise unsuitable, it will be exchanged for a new, properly-fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket. (One life jacket per family, while supplies last.)

Learn about California’s life jacket regulations and the importance of wearing a life jacket at

San Diego International Boat Show checking out boats

For more information about the show and to purchase tickets visit

Disclaimer: I received tickets to this event in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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  1. This looks like a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!
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  2. I want to learn to scuba dive!!! Seriously that looks like such a fun boat show. We don’t have enough boating opportunities in our Mountainous area, but man, it would sure be fun to check out some boats.
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  3. That looks like so much fun! It would be neat to see all those boats in the water at once.

  4. That looks like a fun event! We have something similar where we live.

  5. Hi Danielle!

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time! My kids would be thrilled to visit the Try It Cove! My oldest daughter is such an adventurer that she would probably beg to do the Be a Diver Pool too!

    I love all of your pictures- flags waving in the wind is one of the most beautiful sounds to me… I love the boat flags picture! I can already hear them flapping 🙂

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  6. That looks like so much fun. I would love to go to a boat show!
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  7. Oh my. Your photos make me really miss San Diego. I use to love hanging out near the harbor. We are definitely a boating family, just wish we had more places to boat. When we do get the chance to go out on the boat we usually turn it into a fishing trip.
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  8. This looks like such a fun family event! My husband LOVES boats and my boys love anything he loves, so I can only imagine how much fun we’d have. If only Texas wasn’t so far away. 🙂
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  9. That looks like so much fun!! 🙂
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