The 2018 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in the US will have an expanded education programme this year, offering participants up to 100 unique opportunities to learn about new processes, access technical information, demo products, and more.

The elevated IBEX Education Conference includes the technical IBEX Seminar Series, pre-conference Super Sessions, and free Tech Talk Workshops. Now in its 28th year, the show will be held from October 2-4 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

“We are offering more educational opportunities than in years past,” says Sarah Devlin, IBEX Education director. “With world-class presenters, industry partners, and an exceptional mix of timely topical programs to choose from, IBEX offers a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of decades of specialized, hands-on expertise.”

The IBEX Seminar Series offers 58 seminars in eight tracks dedicated to specific areas of interest in the boat manufacturing industry, such as Design & Engineering; Composite Methods & Materials; Onboard Systems; Marine Electrical Systems; Manufacturing Management Policy; Survey & Repair; Boatyard & Marina Operations; and IBEX Extras, a track of special educational topics.

The IBEX Seminar Series is organised by the IBEX team and its education partners: Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and IBEX co-owner the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

“The entire education conference has grown,” says Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “We will be offering two days of Super Sessions and we are thrilled to launch a new Marina & Yard Pavilion Theater with workshops dedicated to that growing segment of the IBEX audience."

IBEX Super Sessions take place on Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1, 2018. Advanced registration is required.

The nine Super Sessions include: Marina 101: Walk the Docks – First Impressions; Modern Scantlings (Structure): Calculations, Standards, Details, Materials; Marina & Boatyard Study Tour; CZONE Level 1 Technical Training; Airmar Certified Installer Training; NMEA Basic Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) course; Fiberglass Boat Repair; Core College; and Digital Marketing: Join the Evolution.

Tech Talk Workshops are exhibitor-run training sessions that begin every hour during show hours. This year there will be two workshop theaters: the Marina and Yard Pavilion Theater on the first floor exhibit hall sponsored by Tides Marine, and the Tech Talk Theater on the third floor sponsored by West System and Pro-Set Epoxy.

Tech Talk Workshops include topics like New Sunshade Product Advancements, Replacing Your Generator with Li-Ion Batteries, and How to Finish West System Epoxy Repair with Gelcoat.

As an industry trade event for over 7,500 professionals working in the recreational marine industry, IBEX offers its visitors 675 exhibits in a space that spans more than 127,500sq ft. It also offers unparalleled training and education from industry experts and associations, and provides a targeted audience for marine industry OEMs and suppliers, aftermarket manufacturers, and service providers.

For more information on IBEX 2018, exhibiting companies, interactive exhibit hall floor plans, and more, visit To register, click here.