LIQUID Canoeing Trip (March 31, 2018)



DAY TRIP
2.0 - ROBUST
RUGGED
1.0
$20  $FREE

LIQUID Canoeing Day Trip
March 31, 2018 (Sat) - LOCATION TBD









FREE!!




- TRIP SUMMARY -
Here's the gist!


LIQUID is what we call our canoeing day trip that's open to the public. Florida is saturated with many incredible paddling destinations and GTD wants to take you there! Let GTD put you in the seat of one of our Mohawk Blazer Canoes as we guide you into God's liquid playground. LIQUID canoe trips are Christ-centered events that include lunch, a daily devotion from the Bible, all canoeing equipment, full time guides, and a whole lot of God-awesome fun!!. We can take 20-30 participants per trip. We invite you to join us on one of our annual LIQUID paddles as we explore one of these refreshing waterways in God's amazing creation. Spots do go fast so sign up today!



- PROMO VIDEO -
Check out this informative video produced by Pinellas County Communications





- EVENT DETAILS -
The Specifics



  EVENT:  
  • LIQUID Canoeing Day Trip
  DATE:  
  • March 31, 2018 (Sat) - LOCATION TBD
  EVENT TIME:  
  • Session 1:  8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Session 2:  12:30pm - 4:30pm
  COST:  
  (See "What Is Included" and "What Is NOT Included" below)  
  • REG = $20/person  NOW: FREE!!
  • INCLUDES LUNCH!!!
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    MINISTRY PARTNER'S DISCOUNT.... FREE!! 
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      TO REGISTER:  
    • STEP 1: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER!!
    • STEP 2: Select one of our payment options to lock in your spot.
      LOCATION:  
    • LOCATION TBD
    • Weedon Island Preserve (SOUTH PADDLING TRAIL) 
      • Meet at the Canoe Launch next to the Fishing Pier
      • Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
      • GPS: 27°50.654'N, 82°36.671'W
      • NOTE: DON'T GET CONFUSED!! GTD is not associated with Sweetwater Kayaks or any other canoe / kayak rental businesses located within Weedon Island Preserve. We will be located at the Canoe Launch right next to the Fishing Pier. Vendors will be located along the drive back to the Canoe Launch, but they are not associated with GTD and won't be able to assist you with any questions or details about our trip.
        MIN. PEOPLE:  
      • 2
        MAX. PEOPLE:  
      • (Note: Canoes hold up to 3 adults OR 2 adults with up to 2 small kids)
      • Session 1: 20-30 participants
      • Session 2: 20-30 participants
        AGE RANGE:  
      • All ages (15 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
        IMPORTANT NOTES:  
      • Your group size can not exceed 8 people
      • Each canoe requires 2 paddlers (there are no 1-person canoes)
      • Individual participants will be placed in a canoe with a 2nd (or 3rd) canoer
      • Center seats can be added to accommodate 1 additional adult or up to 2 small kids
      • The most experienced canoers should sit in the rear seat in order to steer the canoe
        CANCEL DATE:  
        (If the minimum amount of people do not register for this event by the date listed below then this 
          event will be rescheduled or cancelled.)  
      • No Cancel Date!
        TRANSPORTATION:  
      • Transportation is not supplied by GTD
        MEETING LOCATION, RESTROOMS & PARKING:  
      • We will be meeting at the Weedon Island Preserve Canoe Launch for the South Paddling Trail located next to the Fishing Pier. (See Visitor's Map)
      • RESTROOMS: Fully equipped public restrooms will be available at the Canoe Launch. There are no restrooms available during the canoe trip.
      • PARKING IS LIMITED NEAR THE CANOE LAUNCH! Throughout the day fishermen & other paddlers will be accessing the same area we will be using for our trip. It is common to have to park your vehicle in the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural & Natural History Center parking area and walk one third of a mile to the Canoe Launch. If this is the case for you and you are carpooling then you may want drop off your passengers at the Canoe Launch (along with any supplies you are bringing on the canoe trip) before parking in the further parking area.
        AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
      • Meet at Canoe Launch (next to the Fishing Pier) 
      • Welcome & Introductions
      • Collect Waivers
      • Distribute Canoes & Gear
      • Canoeing Instructions
      • Group Picture & Group Prayer
      • Put-In / Start Canoeing (approx 2 hrs)
      • Squishee Ball Wars / Canoe Races / Individual Pictures
      • Devotional (On The Water)
      • Complete Canoeing Trail
      • Load Canoes & Gear
      • Depart
      • SESSION 1: Lunch will be provided after you complete the canoe trail 
      • SESSION 2: Lunch will be provided before the welcome & introductions 
        LUNCH and SNACKS:  
      • A group lunch will be provided with your event. Both groups (Sessions 1 & 2) will eat lunch together at the pier directly after Session 1 and just prior to Session 2.
      • Lunch, some snacks, and one bottle of water is included with your trip.
      • A sample menu for this type of trip may include your choice of sandwiches (turkey or chicken w/ sliced cheese or peanut butter & jelly) on whole grain bread served with chips. Typical beverages: water &/or lemonade. A typical snack during canoeing may be granola bars.
      • We don't supply a lot of snacks so bring them if you need them. Participants are usually very hungry after canoeing.
      • If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary needs we will try to accommodate, but we need to know in advance (please inform us on your registration form). You may want to bring a few supplemental meals just in case.
        WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
      • Full time guides, event planning, canoes, paddles, PFD's, lunch & drinks, small snacks, Christ-centered devotional, a God-awesome lifelong memory!
        WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
      • Transportation, additional snacks, dry containers, water bottles, items listed on checklist (see below).
        REQUIRED WAIVERS:  
      • GTD Waiver [Please print & complete prior to arrival] (Any participant under 18 must also have parent/ guardian sign each waiver)
        WEATHER:  
      • BE PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER! Check the weather forecast before arrival and prepare accordingly. Typical weather for this time of the year is sunny with the possibility of daily rain and thunderstorms. Temperatures usually reach the high 80's or low 90's. Be prepared for the weather. Use sunscreen. Wear shade hats. Stay hydrated. Wear appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather.
        EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:  
      • GTD: 727-692-5296 (GTD cell phone - Doug Garner)



      - ABOUT OUR DESTINATION -
      Another liquid sensation in God's playground!

      WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE'S SOUTH PADDLING TRAIL

      An excerpt from The Tampa Bay Times: "This 1,046-acre park has some of the best fishing and canoeing in the state. The 4-mile canoe trail will show you Weedon at its wildest. The mangrove islands and narrow passes will challenge paddlers of all skill levels. Accomplished paddlers will finish the trail in two hours but plan for three if you want to stop and enjoy the sights."

      An excerpt from clubkayak.com: "Weedon Island Preserve is a 1,046 acre park in Pinellas County that is home to many different species of wildlife and plants. The park was established for preservation and education and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For the paddlesport enthusiast, Weedon Island offers two canoe trails only minutes from St. Petersburg, Largo and Pinellas Park. In many locations, the mangroves grow so they form a canopy (tunnel). Weedon Island has a very colorful and long history. The island was originally inhabited by early Native Americans. For the careful observer, it's easy to spot elevated sections of ground that may be shell middens or burial mounds."



      NOTE: THE LAST MILE IS THE HARDEST. The first 3 miles of the canoe trail is relatively shallow as it meanders through a canopy of mangroves which supplies a lot of shade as well as protection from winds and waves. But the last mile is in deeper open water as we paddle back towards the Fishing Pier. The possibility of winds, waves, water current, sun exposure, boaters, and other variables makes the last mile the most challenging. In addition, canoes have a higher center of gravity which makes them easier to capsize when paddlers inadvertently swift their weight or become unbalanced.



      - ABOUT OUR CANOES -
      Mohawk Blazer Canoes


      ABOUT OUR CANOES
      Mohawk has been building fiberglass canoes since 1964. Only the latest in construction techniques are used in building their contemporary designs. GTD uses the Mohawk Blazer 16 which is an excellent general purpose canoe. The shallow-arched bottom offers good stability, yet a fine entry, and a little "V" gives it ample tracking ability. It is designed to accommodate the needs of the beginner, as well as the seasoned paddler. Ideal for cruising. camping or just recreational fun.


      BLAZER 16 - Length: 16', Beam at gunwale: 36", Beam at 4" waterline: 33.5", Depth: at bow 18", at center 12.75", at stern 18".approx. weight: 67lbs. Estimated capacity: 700 lbs.


      BASIC CANOEING GEAR SUPPLIED BY GTD
      Canoe

      Paddle

      PFD
      (Personal Flotation Device)



      - PAYMENT OPTIONS, REFUND POLICY, AND DISCOUNTS -
      GTD gives you more for less!

      *ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, BUT ARE TRANSFERABLE TO OTHER PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOU CAN STILL GIVE OR SELL YOUR TICKETS TO SOMEONE ELSE.


      GTD events can be paid for with... cash, checks, or debit / credit cards. To pay online with a debit or credit card click on the PayPal link near the top of this webpage. If paying with cash or check click here.

      BUY NOW; PAY LATER! 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH!
      While we don't encourage debt we do encourage wise budgeting. PayPal Credit (also known as "Bill Me Later") allows you to buy your trip today ($99 or more) and then gives you 6 months to pay it off with NO interest. But make sure you pay it off by the deadline or else you will get charged with 6 months of back interest! 



      FOR GTD MINISTRY PARTNERS, GTD MEANS "Get The Discount"
      It's very simple, GTD Ministry Partners always receive the lowest price offered on our Pay-It-Now Discount regardless of the date or payment deadlines as well as other various discounts offered on different events! It's our small way of saying thank you for supporting the work of the ministry. Want to know more about becoming a Ministry Partner and all the other benefits that come with it? Click here for details.



      - CHECKLIST -
      What you should bring



      LIQUID CANOEING DAY TRIP CHECKLIST

      WARNING: Expect to get wet. Canoes do capsize & friends do splash friends. If you don't want something to get wet or sink to the bottom then you will need to waterproof it & make it float or tie it to something that floats... or consider leaving it in your vehicle (or at home).


       GENERAL CLOTHING: 
      Bring proper type of activity clothes based on the weather forecast. When possible wear clothing that is lightweight & quick drying.
      [  ]  Modest Swimsuit
      [  ]  Activity Shorts
      [  ]  Activity Shirt
      [  ]  Seasonal Jacket (optional)
      [  ]  Footwear (Sandals, Watershoes, Flip Flops, or Tennis Shoes)
      [  ]  Hat / Visor
      [  ]  Towel
      [  ]  Change of Clothes (optional)

       PERSONAL GEAR: 
      [  ]  2 Water Bottles
      [  ]  Sunglasses
      [  ]  Sun Screen
      [  ]  Lip Balm
      [  ]  2 Plastic Bags (for wet clothes and to protect car seats)
      [  ]  2 Zip-Lock Bags (very handy)
      [  ]  Eyeglasses / Contacts (if applicable)
      [  ]  Any Necessary Meds (if applicable)
      [  ]  GTD WAIVER (Filled out and SIGNED prior to participating!)

       OPTIONAL GEAR: 
      [  ]  Waterproof Camera
      [  ]  Favorite Snacks / Energy Bars
      [  ]  Insect Repellent
      [  ]  Extra Money


      **DON'T BRING: Jewelry - or - Valuables**



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