Convention Center Ramps Up Activities for FLIBS October 14, 2014

Popular and growing watersport activities, traditional favorites including fishing and diving plus sneak peaks at upcoming nautical films are gaining extra attention and an educational and promotion platform at the Broward County Convention Center location during this year’s FLIBS. Of course, the exhibit floor in the hall is already a regular destination for showgoers focused on smaller craft, fishing and tackle, engines, various services, chotskies and much more.

Debuting this year will be the “AquaZone” by Nautical Ventures. Located at the Sailfish Pavilion outside the Convention Center, it will include demos all day that range from live paddle boarding, stand up paddleboard Yoga, kayaks, hovercrafts, life rafts, eco-outboards and more. All the activity is based in a 25- by 50-foot 15,000-gallon tented pool.

The Boat Show Film Festival takes place in the dedicated theater room, Lobby D of the Convention Center. Sharing the screen along a set schedule, featured flicks offer glimpses of the real yachting lifestyle recorded by yacht crew who have produced five minute short films to enter into Crew Unlimited’s “Fort Yachtie Da Film Festival.” Remarkable shark footage and documentary films produced by Guy Harvey’s Ocean Conservancy Group will also be shown as will trailers to some of this year’s entries into the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ( Each hour of each day will have something different and exciting to watch.

For dedicated anglers and fishers-to-be, the International Game Fish Association School of Sportfishing will be hosting fourteen seminars in the Convention Center with some of the area’s notable captains and professional anglers throughout the boat show. The pros will be passing out tips and techniques for going after sword and sailfish, dolphin, casting and using light tackle, and fishing from center consoles. Annual Kid’s Fishing Clinics (for ages 5-16) presented by Hook the Future are slated for Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 and 2:00pm. Seminars are free with a boat show ticket.

The “Blue Wild” events at the Convention Center feature ocean adventures, diving and board sports, world-renowned marine artists, a bikini fashion show, and a Friday/Saturday Happy Hour featuring a charity raffle. Free seminars are planned for those interested in learning scuba or freediving, spearfishing or underwater photography/videography, and more.  Speakers and exhibitors include industry experts, marine artists, and U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers.

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