The 113th annual Progressive New York Boat Show, set for Jan. 24-28 at the Javits Center, will hold its first New York Boating Career Day in an effort to address the industry’s growing workforce shortage.
From 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 25, experts from Boston Whaler, Kingsborough Community College Maritime, MarineMax and Regulator Marine will speak to more than 100 high school and college students who are in marine systems technology, vessel operations and auto technology programs.
The students will be from schools that include New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governor’s Island that is focused on maritime education, State University New York Maritime and Kingsborough, said Carrie Waible, president of CW&Co., the firm that handles public relations for the boat show.
After the morning sessions, students will tour the show to talk to exhibitors and learn more about innovations in boating. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to be at the show.
“With six consecutive years of sales increases, and surges of 14 percent in New York state and 13.6 percent in New York City for 2016, New York continues to be one of the top locations for marine jobs,” a statement detailing attractions at the boat show said.
Regulator Marine president Joan Maxwell and assembly supervisor Marcia Bond will speak at the first session, along with Capt. Donovan Withers, who is with the office of maritime technology at Kingsborough.
The second session will be at the Boston Whaler booth, and it will feature speakers from Boston Whaler and MarineMax.
New York Mets pitcher and boating enthusiast Jacob deGrom will meet fans at the Mercury Marine booth on Jan. 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The boat show is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.