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NMMA deal with Progressive includes seminar lineup

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced its 2015 boat show lineup and a new Progressive Boat School exhibition that will provide interactive learning in a “boat-like setting.”

The NMMA is continuing its longstanding partnership with the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, which will maintain its title sponsorship for the NMMA's 20 boat and sport shows in 2015.

The Progressive Marina experience, which was tested at this fall's Tampa show, includes the Progressive Boat School, developed with the Annapolis School of Seamanship, to help consumers learn to boat confidently while having fun. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in engaging sessions on water sports safety and proper docking procedures and have the opportunity to earn discounts on boat insurance as a result.

“We’ve teamed up with NMMA and the Annapolis School of Seamanship to create a new and engaging experience around boating education and safety to maximize your experience on the water,” Progressive boat product manager Rick Stern said in a statement. “We feel so strongly about safety on the water that we’re offering a policy discount for visitors, new or current Progressive customers, who complete our onsite course and some supplemental online material.”

Progressive Boat School seminars include:

▪ Gateway to Boating — an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit various boating lifestyles

▪ Watersports Safety — a focus on keeping everyone safe on the water

▪ iNavigation — teaches how to use innovations from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics and mobile devices

▪ Boat Systems — shows how to manage boat systems from stem to stern

▪ Docking & Line Handling — teaches ropes with tricks and techniques that can simplify docking

The Progressive Marina will also include an interactive boat replica with an indoor pool for instructional demos, a boating simulator and a see-through motion sensor digital floor.

Visit for a list of upcoming NMMA Progressive boat and sportshows.


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