Press Release

U.S. Boating Community Invites the Public to go Boating on June 8 for Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day
Free boat rides, trainings offered at 250 marinas across the country

CHICAGO (May 23, 2013) – On Saturday, June 8, the U.S. recreational boating community will kick-off Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, a nationwide celebration of boating being hosted at marinas around the country.  

An estimated 250 marinas from coast-to-coast will participate in Welcome to the Water events. Each local event is free and features summer fun on the water for everyone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the boating lifestyle with activities ranging from on-water demonstrations, boat rides, BBQ’s, activities for the kids, live music, contests, regattas, fishing tournaments, hands-on training and boater education, plus safety and skills seminars. For curious boaters-to-be, these events are a chance to mingle with local boaters from their community and get a feel for what the boating lifestyle is all about. 
To find local Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day events, visit Discover Boating is one of the groups behind the event and is the U.S. boating industry’s national awareness program made up of boat manufacturers and dealers, marine accessory and gear manufacturers, marinas, boater education and training groups.
“Coast to coast, more Americans than ever are embracing boating, and these free, on-water events are open to anyone interested in getting out on the water and learning more about boating,” said Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating. “As more of us search for outdoor activities to enjoy together, boating provides the unique opportunity to disconnect from daily distractions and re-connect with family and friends on the water. “
There are many reasons 88 million Americans go boating each year. A December 2012 survey by Discover Boating found that 70 percent of boaters say it’s important to their well-being to participate in outdoor recreation. Nearly two-thirds of parents said boating helps their family spend more time together.
“Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day is a celebration of the fun and accessibility of boating,” said Wendy Larimer, legislative director for the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). “Marinas serve as hosts for these events and are the gateways to on-water fun and local access points for people to get started in boating in their communities.”
National Marina Day was originally launched in 2001 by AMI and over the years has grown into a day for the boating community to welcome non-boaters to the water. This year, the entire U.S. recreational boating community has come together to expand the program to make learning about boating more accessible.  In addition to Discover Boating, groups including National Marine Manufacturers Association; Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA); Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) are supporting and helping to organize this national day. 
About Discover Boating
Discover Boating is a national organization on behalf of the U.S. recreational boating industry dedicated to helping people learn about boating and the boating lifestyle. Discover Boating programs focus on increasing participation and building interest in recreational boating by demonstrating the benefits, accessibility and fun of the boating lifestyle, while helping potential boaters experience why life is better with a boat. To find out more, visit
Contact: Kelly Kaylor 312.946.6262