Get Out On The Water

More opportunities than ever before to get out on the water and enjoy action-packed fun for all the family!

From stand-up paddleboarding to dinghy sailing, the thrill of powerboating to cruising the Solent you’ll find it all at the Southampton International Boat Show 2024.

2023 highlights

Try-a-Boat in partnership with FlexiSail

Visitors could glide across the water under sail or hurtle out across the Solent in a high-speed RIB. It’s free and offered something for everyone!

Get Afloat in partnership with Rockley Watersports

Visitors took part in dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and picked up top tips from the experts. It’s free and all equipment including wetsuits and buoyancy aids were provided.


Try-a-boat+ allowed visitors to stay out on the water for longer and experience life aboard some of the most adventurous and historically unique boats at the show. (Prices from £20).

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Mini Cruise

Departing from the marina every 30 minutes, the show's very own cruise ship took visitors on a mini cruise around the Solent. Fully equipped with sundecks, bars and on-board facilities, visitors enjoyed a relaxing and completely free 20-minute voyage.

Try A Dive

Visitors learnt how to dive for free in our very own dive tank! Brought to the show by Andark, all the equipment was provided, as well as an area to change into your diving kit. Under the guidance of instructors, complete beginners were be able to experience diving for the first time, whilst seasoned PADI pros were able to try out the very latest kit.

Watersports Lake

Brand new for 2023, we built a watersports lake for visitors to try out all the latest equipment. The lake had it all, kayaks, canoes and even model boats! If that wasn't enough, visitors could have a go at SUP yoga!