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Welcome to the Water program will return to Newport show

The Newport Exhibition Group announced details of its 2013 Welcome to the Water program at this year’s Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show.

Developed by Discover Boating, the program provides sailors and powerboaters of all experience levels with an opportunity to take to the water in a vessel similar to their current boat or one they might be interested in purchasing or chartering and receive hands-on skills training from professional instructors who are Coast Guard-licensed captains.

“Following our successful implementation of the Welcome to the Water program last year, we are very pleased to offer even more opportunities for individuals to learn and experience the joys of boating this September,” Newport Exhibition Group director Tom Delotto said in a statement.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about boating by signing up for a variety of low-cost, on-water activities in Newport Harbor to polish existing skills and learn new ones with professional instructors in training vessels from 20 to 40 feet. This experience is very effective at generating first-time interest in boat ownership and reigniting the desire of existing boaters to explore their upgrade options.”

Hosted by the Newport show, which runs Sept. 12-15, with a curriculum developed by Discover Boating, the program is a cost-effective opportunity for hands-on training that increases boating safety and confidence, organizers said. Activities last from one to three hours and require a modest registration fee. The headquarters will be near the main entrance to the show, and all trainings will depart from and return to the docks within the boat show grounds.

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