Boating Safety Zone

The Sydney International Boat Show is where boaties go to get the latest information about recreational boating. Our Boat Show Partners are there to assist you to make your boating dreams a reality.

Our Partner-in-Safety is Transport for NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. Together with Roads & Maritime Services, Transport for NSW presents the Boating Safety Zone.

Good boating is safe boating. Information about how to make your boating experiences better can be found at this educational and interactive area.

Participating Partners: Roads and Maritime Services, Service NSW, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Maritime College, Paddle NSW, Marine Teachers Association, TAFE NSW, Open Training, and Education Network, Watsons Bay Pilot Station, Department of Primary Industries, Marine Rescue, Surf Life Saving NSW and Marine Area Command.

Event Deck

If you are looking to see some great boating action, make sure you visit the Event Deck on the upper level. Here you will see in-pool demonstrations with kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Ever heard of Stand Up Paddleboard yoga? Meet some great people who can tell you all about this, and many other things to do on the water.

But that’s not all! The Event Deck also features the Prawn & Oyster Bar, the Kids Ice-creamery and the Garden Bar. Pop out onto the Event Deck for a whole lot of fun and entertainment. Oh, and spectacular views of the City, by day and by night.

See below Pool Schedule: 

Pool 1 (20m diameter) – Eastern side of Event Deck 
Time Company Activity Demo/ Trial
11:30 Hobie SUP/ Kayak/ Pedalboard Public Trials
12:30 SEABOB SeaBob Demo
12:45 Red Paddle Co. SUP Yoga/ Fitness Public Trials
13:15 Red Paddle Co. SUP Yoga/ Fitness Public Trials
13:45 SEABOB SeaBob Demo
14:00 Hobie SUP/ Kayak/ Pedalboard Public Trials
15:00 SEABOB SeaBob operations Demo
15:15 Marine Riley (Mistral) Intro to SUP – Mandy West Public Trials
15:45 Marine Riley (Mistral) Advanced SUP technique – Steeve Teihotaata Public Trials
16:15 SEABOB SeaBob Demo
16:30 Red Paddle Co. Paddle to Music (With Fusion) Public Trials
17:00 POOL CLOSED
Pool 2 (16m diameter)
Time Company Activity Demo/ Trial
11:30 Red Paddle Co. Family/ Multi person/ Kids – SUP paddling Public Trials
12:00 Island Marine Enterprises ePropulsion SUP & Kayak Demo
12:15 Marine Riley Tender Safety Demo
13:00 Island Marine Enterprises ePropulsion SUP & Kayak Demo
13:15 Marine Riley Introduction to Kayaking & correct paddle technique Public Trials
13:45 Marine Riley Learning to ride over water – Schiller bikes Demo
14:15 Island Marine Enterprises ePropulsion SUP & Kayak Demo
14:30 Red Paddle Co. Family/ Multi person/ Kids – SUP paddling Public Trials
15:00 Red Paddle Co. Family/ Multi person/ Kids – SUP paddling Public Trials
15:30 Island Marine Enterprises ePropulsion SUP & Kayak Demo
15:45 Hobie SUP/ Kayak/ Pedalboard Public Trials
17:00 POOL CLOSED
Pool 3 (16m diameter) – Western side of Event Deck
Time Company Activity Demo/ Trial
11:30 WaterWorld Central Kids Bumper Boats Public Trials
17:00 POOL CLOSED

Exhibitor Lists / Boats on Marina / Brands Lists

A list of Exhibitors (Lower, Upper Halls & Dive Expo) is available here: Exhibitors

A list of Brands is available here: Brands

A list of Vessels on display at Cockle Bay Marina is available here: Vessels

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Dive Expo

For the very first time, Sydney International Boat Show welcomes Australia International Dive Expo.

This is a whole new dedicated diving exhibition area in the middle of our Show, in the lower level halls.

There will be plenty to see and do; with equipment trials taking place in the dive pool, an underwater photography exhibition and the opportunity to win some exciting prizes. Leave it to the Dive experts to share with you some pro tips or even set you up for your first ever dive.

A list of Dive Expo Exhibitors will be available before show time. Also, see the Dive Stage Schedules below for Dive industry speakers and topics.

View the Dive Stage Schedule below by day:

THE DIVE STAGE – HALL 3 
FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST
10.00 AM Video Screening
11.00 AM Johan Boshoff – finding a living fossil
11.45 AM Jools Farrell – Sea Shepherd Global/Conservation and protection of the oceans
12.30 PM Jayne Jenkins – being creative for conservation
1.15 PM Simone Gerritse – North Sulawesi…the land of smiling people
2.00 PM Steve Johns – Introducing the world’s smallest dive scooter
2.45 PM Yvette Lee – Philippine diving through 7107 islands
3.30 PM Juliette Myers – an experience without equal
4.15 PM Melinda Brown – 12 months on the road
5.00 PM Julie Thonnard – my favourite destination, the Gili Islands / Indonesia’s destinations on a liveaboard
5.45 PM Simon Trippe & Bob “Sharkey” McComb – spearfishing, tradition, culture & values in contemporary Australia
6.30 PM Pascal Lecocq – 40 years of blue paintings of sharks & divers
7.00 PM Video Screening
*Schedule subject to change. Stage will be closed Thursday & Monday. 
THE DIVE STAGE – HALL 3 
SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST
11.00 AM Kel Bradley – dive gear maintenance
11.45 AM Brett Lobwein – Arctic Circle to the Coral Triangle
12.30 PM Gaetano Dario Gargiulo – uses and abuses of the minidome
1.15 PM Matt Carter – exploring the depths of time
2.00 PM Maritime Archaeology and Citizen Science
3.00 PM Simon Trippe & Bob “Sharkey” McComb – spearfishing, tradition, culture & values in contemporary Australia
3.45 PM Michael Aw – pushing the limit, creativity, equipment and techniques
4.30 PM Lisa Mondy – perspective on sharks
5.15 PM Mike Scotland – marine biology of sharks
6.00 PM George Evatt – inspiration from the sea
6.45 PM Aaron Ralph – diving Lord Howe Island
7.30 PM Video Screening
*Schedule subject to change. Stage will be closed Thursday & Monday. 
THE DIVE   STAGE – HALL 3 
SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST
10.00 AM Video Screening
11.00 AM Ash Payn & Jayde Seed – swapping wheelchairs for water
11.45 AM Kel Bradley – dive gear maintenance
12.30 PM Mike Scotland – sea horses, sea dragons and ghost pipe fish
1.15 PM Michael Aw – pushing the limit, creativity, equipment and techniques
2.00 PM Sarah-Jo Lobwin – swap for the sea, stop the sea drowning in plastic
2.40 PM Video Screening
3.00 PM Natural light underwater photography and video
3.45 PM Steve Johns – introducing the world’s smallest dive scooter
4.30 PM Lisa Mondy – persepctive on sharks
5.15 PM Brett Lobwein – an introduction unto underwater photography equipment
6.00 PM Yvette Lee – Philippine diving through the 7107 islands
6.45 PM Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Indonesia
7.30 PM Video Screening
*Schedule subject to change. Stage will be closed Thursday & Monday. 

 

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Photography Competition & Exhibition

Australian Photography has teamed up with the Sydney International Boat Show to find Australia’s best nautical photographers!

Entrants have sent in their images on the theme “Boats and Boating” and will have the chance to win an amazing Hobie® Quest 11 (valued at $1675). The competition has been shortlisted by the staff of Australian Photography and will be judged at the Show by award-winning sailing photographer Andrea Francolini and Australian Photography publisher James Ostinga.

Come to the Show to see the 150 shortlisted images and a special display from Andrea.

Kilpatrick Family - Sports Boats Zone

The Kilpatrick family are three generations of boat racers, starting with the grandfather, his four children, and numerous grandchildren.  The show will feature many of the family’s boats, stories, and trophies in a special display.

Fishing Master Classes

Don’t miss the great fishing Master Classes which will run twice a day at 11.30 am and 3.30pm. Visitors don’t have to book in. Simply join the class at any time and stay for as long as you like.

Presenters including; Tim Simpson, Al McGlashan, Steve Starling, Greg Reid, Peter Johnson and Laurie McEnally. As well, HiTide’s Kieran Reekie will present the days fishing news and reports.

Click on the below thumbnail to see the Master Class Schedule by day:

FISHING MASTER CLASSES – HALL 4

  Thursday 3 Aug. Friday 4 Aug. Saturday 5 Aug. Sunday 6 Aug. Monday 7 Aug.
11:25am Opening: Mike Bailey Opening: Mike Bailey Opening: Mike Bailey Opening: Mike Bailey Opening: Mike Bailey
11:30am Paul Burt Paul Burt Paul Burt Paul Burt Paul Burt
12:00pm Greg Reid Greg Reid Peter Johnson Peter Johnson Tim Simpson
12:30pm Lawrie McEnally Peter Johnson Greg Reid Tim Simpson Al McGlashan
1:00pm Tim Simpson Lawrie McEnally Tim Simpson Al McGlashan Steve Starling
1:30pm Steve Starling Tim Simpson Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally
2:00pm Peter Johnson Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid
2:30pm Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid Peter Johnson
3:00pm Kieran Reekie Kieran Reekie Kieran Reekie Kieran Reekie Kieran Reekie
3:30pm Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid Peter Johnson Paul Burt
4:00pm Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid Peter Johnson Paul Burt Tim Simpson
4:30pm Greg Reid Peter Johnson Steve Bowler Tim Simpson Al McGlashan
5:00pm Peter Johnson Steve Morgan Tim Simpson Al McGlashan Steve Starling
5:30pm Steve Morgan Tim Simpson Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally
6:00pm Tim Simpson Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid
6:30pm Al McGlashan Steve Starling Lawrie McEnally Greg Reid Peter Johnson

*Schedule and topics subject to change

Presentation Topic
Al McGlashan Kingfish and salmon in Sydney Harbour
Steve Starling Catch more with finesse
Greg Reid Big flathead – how to find and catch more
Paul Burt Deep-water offshore reef fishing
Steve Morgan Futuristic fishing tackle – Today
Steve Bowler Freshwater fishing behind Sydney
Lawrie McEnally The 10 best fishing spots in NSW
Peter Johnson Reef fishing off Sydney
Tim Simpson Huge fish – right on your doorstep
Kieran Reekie HiTide fishing show

Boating Development Centre

With 70% of all show visitors owning a boat, visitors to the show are always looking to add something to their pride and joy. Be it a new piece of electronics or simply information on how to maintain your trailer the Boating Development Centre will feature nonstop discussions on a whole lot of subjects.

THE BOATING DEVELOPMENT CENTRE – HALL 5
SCHEDULE WILL BE REPEATED EACH DAY OF THE BOAT SHOW
10:30 AM Dometic Australia – Dometic presents Mobile Living Made Easy
Join Aaron “Captain Redbeard” Habgood a professional fishing guide to share his tips on fishing, boating and the great outdoors.
11:00 AM Marine Riley – Tender safety
11.30 AM Andrew Ettingshausen & the GARMIN team talk technology
12:30 PM Lisa Blair is an experienced sailor who aimed to circumnavigate Antarctica, solo and unassisted. Lisa is currently on the home stretch and will be at the Sydney International Boat Show to present her thrilling story. Just by finishing the trip she will be presented the world record for being the first women to sail solo around Antarctica.
1:15 PM Michelle Lee aims to compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 5,000 km row across the Atlantic. If successful Michelle will be the first Australian female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1:45 PM BLA Distribution – Shaun Clancy, Product Manager. An education focused presentation, explaining how sonar works and understanding the various technologies available to boaters today.
2:30 PM Marine Riley – SUP, Kayak and outrigger paddling techniques (Ex. Australian National paddling coach)
3:00 PM Roads & Maritime Services – Safety on the water; equipment, navigation & quizzes
3:30 PM Marine Riley – Choosing the right SUP and Kayak and paddle for you and the conditions
4:00 PM Andrew Abrahams – the current male world record holder of the Million Metre row and winner of the solo Atlantic Challenge in 2013.
4:30 PM The World of Waterskiing – Representative from Ski Racing NSW
5:00 PM Empire Marinas – Boat storage options
5:30PM Dunbier Marine – Trailer Maintenance
*Schedule subject to change

 

Maritime Museum

Many who love boating have already visited and enjoyed the wonderful displays at the National Maritime Museum also located in Darling Harbour. For those who have not had a chance to visit yet, pop along to the Maritime Museum Stand for a sample of the fabulous items they have on display.

Speak to the crew from the Museum about what they have on offer and how you can volunteer at this great facility.

Ocean Rowers

Only those with tremendous courage will take on the famous Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Crossing the Atlantic is never an easy undertaking, but people have been making the journey for hundreds of years. The very first crossings were made to discover and explore new lands. Today, most crossings are made by huge cargo ships exporting essential commodities across the ocean.

But some daring people choose to cross the Atlantic to test the limit of their physical and mental strength; to achieve something unthinkable.

That’s why the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s toughest row.

Visit the show to meet Michele Lee who will attempt the crossing as the first Australian Woman to do so. With her will be her mentor Andrew Abrahams who has successfully completed the journey, as well as Michele’s specially made row boat.

My First Boat

Thousands of people visit the boat show each year to buy their first boat. Likewise, the show is a forum to help people of all ages understand how they can get into boating.

If you are in the market for your first boat, visit the My First Boat precinct to get some basic boat buying tips, and to learn how to make the most of the rest of the boat show.

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Garmin Treasure Hunt

Get the kids involved with the Boat Show in a fun, interactive and creative way with the Garmin Treasure Hunt.

‘Discover’ your map at the ticket box and go on a quest through the halls.  Find all the answers for your chance to win the treasure!

Every day Garmin will give away a family pack worth over $1,200.

1 Quatix (RRP $799), 1 Forerunner 35 (RRP $299) and 2 Vivofit Jr (RRP $99 each). See below:

Buy your tickets online today for the chance to win a 12’0 Hobie® Eclipse valued at $2,990