Jr Captains on the water Boating education at the Miami International Boat Show

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On-the-Water Boating and Safety Training Offered to Kids during the
2020 Progressive Miami Boat Show

Maryland-based Annapolis School of Seamanship is preparing to bring its Junior Captains program to the Progressive Miami Boat Show this February. They will train kids (11-15 years) on the clear blue water just outside the show using a modified curriculum of this popular week-long program hosted during summertime in Annapolis.

Training happens onboard rigid hull inflatable boats manufactured by Brig and marketed by Sirocco Marine in the United States and Australia. These boats were chosen for safety—they provide a stable platform, are vessels that dock easily, and power up simply with less horsepower. Each 16-foot inflatable features a 50hp Honda outboard engine and provides space for eight people. Up to four kids are aboard for each session during the show.

Produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the Progressive Miami Boat Show is one of the largest maritime exhibitions in the world. Held annually in February, this event features virtually all continental recreational boat, engine and equipment manufacturers and specific service companies. “We are grateful to NMMA, Progressive, Brig and Sirocco for making this possible, because we are all aware that getting kids engaged in boating makes them boaters for life,” said Captain John Martino, president and founder of the School.

The Progressive Miami Boat Show is February 13-17 on Virginia Key. The modified Junior Captains training will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday at a cost of $25 per student. Space is limited and can be reserved at the dock during the show or beforehand at AnnapolisSchoolofSeamanship.com and MiamiBoatShow.com.