Ride a WaveRunner, scuba, skipper a sailboat: Pretend it’s summer at the Cleveland Boat Show

Try scuba diving or WaveRunner riding at the Cleveland Boat Show.

All four Swain-Borland kids jumped in the scuba pool Friday at the Mid-America Boat Show.

The Avon Lake family comes every January to the I-X Center. And this year the youngest, Luke, 10, was finally old enough to try scuba diving.

“We live on the water all summer long. We kayak, we paddleboard, we boat, we fish,” said Maureen Borland. They miss summer so much, they hang out at Cabela’s in the winter.

“My husband was dying to come,” Borland said. “He’s like, I just want to fish!”

Try skippering a sailboat at the Adaptive Adventures booth at the Cleveland Boat Show.

Good reason to come to the boat show, which runs today 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. You can get fishing tips while watching perch and small-mouth bass swim in a 5,000-gallon tank. You can ride a WaveRunner, test out a sort of elliptical paddleboard, and try to beat the clock in a sailboat simulator that resembles a tippy-turvy bathtub.

You could also shop for a boat or personal watercraft or paddleboard, while sipping beer and listening to Jimmy Buffett.

Mike Powers, commodore of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association, tried the sailing simulator.

“I’m stuck in irons,” said Powers, when the screen showed he was motionless, without wind. The boat and video screen didn’t react like a real Laser boat, he said. “That’s good because I would have been wet.”

The boat show is held in the dead of winter, almost halfway between the day the last boat was hauled out of the water and the day the first one goes back in Lake Erie in April.

“I wish summer was already here,” Powers said. “The boat show allows us to dream about the coming season.”

As for the Swain-Borland kids, they didn’t want to get out of the pool. I know the feeling. I tried it too.

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