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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, the Toronto International Boat Show, the International Marina & Boatyard Conference and the Lake Havasu Boat Show.

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros announced its training course schedule for 2012.

Courses include the 25/50/100GT Masters Captain’s License, OUPV (6-pak) Captain’s License, STCW Basic Safety Training, RYA Yachtmaster and Able Seaman.

“The more robust our training schedule, the more flexible we are for our students. In these very busy times our students need a number of scheduling options and a lot of flexibility from their training provider,” Capt. Kent Dresser, president and founder of Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, said in a statement. “That high level of flexibility and attention to each individual customer is one of the things that has made us so successful at what we do.”

Click here for the course schedule.

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The 54th Toronto International Boat Show is set for Jan. 14-22 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Features of the show include:

The Lake: Attendees can enjoy an indoor lake that takes more than six days to create. More than 1 million gallons of Lake Ontario water will be pumped into the Ricoh Coliseum. From kayaking to canoeing, paddleboats to inflatables, the lake welcomes all types of boaters at all levels of mastery.

Wakeboard/Wakeskate Exhibition & Demonstrations: Wakeboarders and skaters crank up the volume for a show of grinds, tricks and flips.

Abby Sunderland: The California teenager attempted last year to become the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator.

Boat Listing Service: Shop the show online at in advance and see what boats will be on display.

Special Preview Night returns Jan. 13 and is the best opportunity to see the show without the crowds.

2012 New Product Showcase: The show is Canada’s premier place to debut products.

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Registration is open for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, which runs Feb. 1-3 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

IMBC offers a number of registration options, including full conference passes, exhibit-hall-only passes and day passes. All passes are offered at a discount to members of the Association of Marina Industries.

For a limited time IMBC is offering the first 150 registrants $30 off full-conference registration passes. Registration is also available for IMBC’s new golf tournament and behind-the-scenes Disney Institute tour.

Preregistration will be available through Jan. 27.

Click here for registration information.

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The 21st annual Lake Havasu Boat Show is set for April 20-22.

The show will feature more than 130,000 square feet of boat displays, plus 80 booths featuring the latest in boating accessory products and services.

“We’ve created a new floor plan, which allows us to more efficiently utilize available space at the on-the-water Lake Havasu State Park Windsor 4 facility. Not only will we be able to increase our exhibitor count by nearly 50 percent over 2011, making this the largest consumer boat show in Arizona, but we also added a companion hot rod and vintage car show to the list of special attractions,” show organizer Bob Brown said in a statement.

The Legends by the Lake car show will feature 200 street rods, muscle cars and woodies.

Rounding out the entertainment portion of the 2012 show is two days of high-speed water ski racing competition conducted by the National Water Ski Racing Association. This event is the second sanctioned marathon points race of the 2012 season, and it features many of the best racers and fastest ski boats in the world


Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow

In its second year in a new location, the Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Portland Sports Complex. Sail and powerboats, plus engines and accessories will all be on display.