Seasoned boaters and new boatees will gain seaside exposure to the latest boat products as well as enormous gallery views of boats both old and new. For those looking to buy a boat as an act of love or contrition, boat dealers populate the event and will happily take you on a test ride of one of their skiffs before you return to shore for a full day's worth of brokerage boats, free boat rides, seminars, 80 exhibitor booths keeping you up to date on marine mobility, and live music set against a beer garden. Begin the education process for your long-awaited return to the ocean.
Dive California is a full-service dive shop and training center staffed by scuba-diving instructors and divemasters experienced in military, technical, and recreational diving. The PADI-certified instructors guide divers through the fundamentals of scuba safety and prepare them emotionally to hear their breath sound like Darth Vader's. This introductory dive is designed for first-time divers. All participants should be older than 11 and refrain from donning inner tubes in animal shapes.
Flagship Cruises and Events' full San Diego Bay tour carries cruisegoers on a 25-mile, fully narrated journey, with ocean views of some of San Diego's most beloved sights. Take a seat in the comfort of an interior cabin, or saunter up and down the deck as you take in the panoramic views of the Naval Air Station North Island, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Navy submarine base, and the Cabrillo National Monument on the North leg of the tour, and then switch seats like a sightseeing Benedict Arnold for the South leg of the tour, which features a close encounter of the tall kind with the Star of India (viewable on the North leg as well), views of the U.S. Navy surface fleet, and gawking opportunities at the Coronado Bridge and the industriousness of the harbor workers along the busy shipyards. The tour's guide will provide morsels of naval knowledge, local lore, and other secrets only the tides can reveal. The two-hour tour is offered six times daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
At La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea and the waves roll gently toward the beach, where seals can be found sleeping in the sun. This unique ecology makes the area an ideal entryway into the ocean, which the native La Jollan owners of La Jolla Kayak take full advantage of, leading kayaking excursions past the steep cliffs and through the secluded sea caves where humans first learned to douse fire. Alternatively, snorkel tours allow explorers to dive into the 6,000-acre Underwater Park to spy the leopard shark, garibaldi, and dolphins swimming underfoot. To facilitate journeys, La Jolla Kayak transports visitors' kayaks to the beach straight from its outfitting shop, which also houses complimentary lockers and rents out wetsuits to keep love-struck sea lions from slipping notes into divers' pockets.