Tampa show returns in September

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The 48th annual Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show will take place Sept. 6-8 at the Tampa Convention Center.

"From fishermen to divers and novice boaters to experienced captains, the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show has a wide range of activities to entertain and educate people of all ages and experience levels, including on-the-water training, a chance to scuba, dozens of boating and fishing seminars and much more,” show manager Larry Berryman said in a statement.

Johnathan Hillstrand, of Discovery Network's “Deadliest Catch,” will be on hand for interviews and autographs. Anyone 10 and older can take the plunge and discover the world of diving in the heated, 15,000-gallon “Be a Diver” Pool.

Discover Boating will offer one- and three-hour powerboating workshops during a hands-on skills training series along Tampa Bay, featuring courses covering topics such as basic docking and fundamental boat control, open water boat handling and safety, and anchoring and multi-vessel rafting techniques.

Visitors also can explore Fred's Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center for free professional advice and hands-on clinics on boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques and visit the Fishing Center for seminars covering topics for anglers.

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