LIQUID Paddling Trek (April 3, 2021)



DAY TRIP
2.0 - ROBUST
RUGGED
1.0
$20  $FREE

LIQUID Paddling Day Trip
April 3, 2021 (Saturday)
Location: Boca Ciega Bay & Long Bayou (St Petersburg / Seminole, FL)









FREE!!




- TRIP SUMMARY -
Here's the gist!


LIQUID is what we call our kayaking / 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 kayaks or canoes as we guide you into God's liquid playground. LIQUID paddling trips are Christ-centered events that include lunch, a daily devotion from the Bible, all paddling equipment, full time guides, and a whole lot of God-awesome fun!!. We can take about 30 participants per trip. We invite you to join us on one of our annual LIQUID paddles as we explore one of Florida's 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


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- EVENT DETAILS -
The Specifics



  EVENT:  
  • LIQUID Paddling Day Trip
  DATE:  
  • April 3, 2021 (Saturday)
  EVENT TIME:  
  • Noon - 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:  
      MIN. PEOPLE:  
    • 2
      MAX. PEOPLE:  
    • 40
      AGE RANGE:  
    • All ages (17 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
      IMPORTANT NOTES:  
    • Your group size can not exceed 6 people
    • Each canoe holds 2-3 paddlers / Most kayaks hold only 1 paddler
    • Kayaks and canoes are selected in order of registration
    • Participants may bring their own kayak(s) and/or canoe(s)
    • Individual participants will either be issued a single-person kayak or placed in a canoe with a 2nd (or 3rd) paddler
    • Center seats can be added to canoes to accommodate 1 additional adult or up to 2 small kids
    • The most experienced paddler should sit in the rear seat of a canoe in order to steer it
      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 to the event is not supplied by GTD
    • Transportation back to starting point will be supplied by GTD
      MEETING LOCATION, RESTROOMS & PARKING:  
    • See "LOCATION" above for addresses of starting & ending locations
    • RESTROOMS:   Restrooms are at the start and end points, but not during the paddling route.
    • PARKING:   We have reserved Shelter #2... there will be plenty of parking spots available.
      AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
    • Meet at Kayak/Canoe Launch 
    • Welcome & Introductions
    • Collect Waivers
    • FREE LUNCH!!
    • Last Call for Restrooms
    • Distribute Kayaks, Canoes & Gear
    • Paddling Instructions
    • Group Picture & Group Prayer
    • Put-In / Start Paddling 
    • Squishee Ball Wars / Races / Individual Pictures
    • Devotional (On The Water)
    • Finish Paddling
    • Restrooms Available
    • Begin Transporting Participants Back To Their Vehicles
    • Rinse Off & Load Kayaks, Canoes, & Gear
    • Depart 
      LUNCH and SNACKS:  
    • A group lunch, some snacks, and bottled waters are included with your event. 
    • 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.
    • Unfortunately we can't accommodate special dietary needs. You will want to bring appropriate meals and snacks.
      WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
    • Full time guides, event planning, kayaks, canoes, paddles, PFD's, lunch, drinks, small snacks, Christ-centered devotional, a God-awesome lifelong memory! And transportation back to your vehicles.
      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
    • Transportation to the event, 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. 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!


    WAR VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK -to- SEMINOLE WATERFRONT PARK

    Length: 4 miles
    Water Type: Salt Water
    Clarity: Low Visibility

    We will put-in in a wind protected area right behind Shelter #2 of War Veterans' Memorial Park and begin paddling out to the open waters of Boca Ciega Bay. Keep your eyes open for the occasional dolphin sighting. Hugging the shore line we will paddle north past the Bay Pines Boat Ramp as we carefully navigate through any boat traffic and then shoot northeast under the Bay Pines Twin Bridges. At this point we will begin paddling northwest travelling under the Pinellas Trail recreational bridgeway as we enter the narrowing Long Bayou. This stretch usually has good wind protection because of the bounty of mangroves all around. Long Bayou is usually teaming with mullet and all kinds of other fish and bird life. We will navigate through the maze of mangroves until we reach our take-out at Seminole Waterfront Park. 

    Along the route we will also make time for a devotional and some optional paddling games, races, and water wars =)



    - ABOUT OUR KAYAKS AND CANOES -
    Pick Your Paddling Vessel


    VARIETY OF KAYAKS
    GTD offers a variety of recreational and touring kayaks made by several different companies such as Perception, Wilderness Systems, Old Town, Future Beach, Heritage, ClearWater Design, and more. They vary in length from 9 feet to 18 feet. Most of our kayaks are individual sit-in kayaks, but we do have a few tandem kayaks on occasion.

    Recreational Sit-In Kayak

    Kayak Paddle

    Kayak PFD

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    MOHAWK BLAZER 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

    Canoe Paddle

    Canoe PFD
    (Personal Flotation Device)



    - MINISTRY PARTNERS -
    Get The Discount!



    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 PADDLING DAY TRIP CHECKLIST

    WARNING: Expect to get wet. Vessels can 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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