Trial diving is an offer at the boot trade fair in Düsseldorf., © Constanze Tillmann

Dive and let the boot amaze you

Cast off from Düs­sel­dorf

The fair of­fers not only nov­el­ties to look at, but also lets you try them out. Clas­sic wa­ter sports al­tern­ate with new trends such as mer­maid­ing, i.e. diving with a mer­maid fin.

Düsseldorf sets sail with a world-class water sports event at the beginning of each year: boot Düsseldorf with its 250,000 visitors is the world’s largest boat and water sports fair. Everything in the Düsseldorf exhibition halls revolves around small boats and large yachts, kayaks, kitesurfing, fishing, diving, and maritime art for nine days.

The best thing about it is that “boot” offers not only novelties to look at, but also lets you try them out. Beginners and experienced water sports enthusiasts alike can pick from many different participation options. The “start boating” and “start sailing” beginners’ arenas give interested visitors basic theoretical advice and an opportunity to gain their first sailing experience in the boot Sailing School. Beach World makes surfboard dreams come true in the Rhineland winter. Choose between a skimboard track, a flatwater pool for wakeboarding or stand-up paddling, kite and windsurf simulators, and balance boards for practicing on land.

boot Düsseldorf offers new trends such as mermaiding, i.e. diving with mermaid fins, or apnoea diving without any technical equipment at all, in addition to introductory diving with compressed air tanks. Advance online booking is recommended for all offers to secure a trial spot. The same applies to paddling a canoe, kayak, or Canadian on a river that meanders through the backdrop of a rocky gorge set up in a hall.

The fishing scene meets at the Sportfishing Center. An indoor fishing pond gives even those new to the activity some first casting exercises with the latest fishing rods.

Date: 18 to 26 January 2025

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Sailboats on the water at the boot fair in Düsseldorf, © Constanze Tillmann
Superyachts at the boot trade fair in Düsseldorf, © Constanze Tillmann
Surfing and stand-up paddling at the boot trade fair in Düsseldorf, © Constanze Tillmann
In addition to classic water sports, visitors to the fair can dive with a mermaid's fin., © Constanze Tillmann

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