SIDEWINDER S-U-P Trek (May 11, 2024)


LAST UPDATED: May 05, 2024 at 10:45pm
CURRENTLY REGISTERED: 20 people out of 20 spots
 
   
     
DAY TRIP
2.0 - ROBUST
RUGGED
1.0
$30  $FREE

SIDEWINDER Stand-Up Paddleboarding
(SUP) Day Trip
May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
Location: War Veterans' Memorial Park - Boca Ciega Bay (St Petersburg, FL)
 


(TO SIGN-UP ON OUR WAITING LIST CLICK HERE)


 

FREE!!




- TRIP SUMMARY -
Here's the gist!
 
 
  
SIDEWINDER is what we call our SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) 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 on top of one of our recreational paddleboards as we guide you into God's aquatic playground. SIDEWINDER paddleboarding trips are Christ-centered events that include lunch, a daily devotion from the Bible, all SUP equipment, full time guides, and a whole lot of God-awesome fun!! We can take about 20 participants per trip. We invite you to join us on one of our annual SIDEWINDER treks as we meander & sidewind around one of Florida's refreshing waterways in God's amazing creation. Spots do go fast so sign up today! 


- PROMO VIDEO -
Check out this video!


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- EVENT DETAILS -
The Specifics

  EVENT:  
  • SIDEWINDER Paddleboarding Day Trip
  DATE:  
  • May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
  EVENT TIME:  
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm-ish
  COST:  
  (See "What Is Included" and "What Is NOT Included" below)  
  • REG = $30/person  NOW: FREE!! [Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry]
  • INCLUDES LUNCH!!!
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    MINISTRY PARTNER'S DISCOUNT.... FREE!! 
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      TO REGISTER:  
      LOCATION:  
      MIN. PEOPLE:  
    • 2
      MAX. PEOPLE:  
    • 20
      AGE RANGE:  
    • 16 & up (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
      IMPORTANT NOTES:  
    • Your group size can not exceed 5 people
    • Each paddleboard holds 1 person and has a maximum weight capacity
    • Currently we have:
      • 21 hard shell paddleboards that each hold up to 230 lbs
      • 3 hard shell paddleboards that each hold up to 200 lbs
    • Paddleboards are issued according to the size & weight of the paddler
    • Participants may bring their own paddleboard(s), but please let us know in advance so we can free up as many paddleboards as possible for other participants
      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/from the event is not supplied by GTD
      RESTROOMS & PARKING:  
    • RESTROOMS:   Restrooms are located next to our shelter
    • PARKING:   We have reserved Shelter #2... there will be plenty of parking spots available.
      AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
    • Meet at Shelter #2 
    • Welcome & Introductions
    • Collect Waivers
    • FREE SNACKS!!
    • Last Call for Restrooms
    • Distribute Paddleboards & Gear
    • Paddling Instructions
    • Group Picture & Group Prayer
    • Put-In / Start practicing & learning how to paddle and maneuver
    • Individual Pictures
    • Devotional (On The Water)
    • Attempt to paddle 1/4 mile to Archie's Island
    • Hang out on the island / Swim
    • Paddle back to Shelter #2
    • FREE LUNCH!!
    • Rinse off & load paddleboards
    • Final goodbyes
    • Depart 
      LUNCH and SNACKS:  


    • A group meal, 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 ham 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 in a waterproof bag if you need them. Participants are usually very hungry after paddling events.
    • Unfortunately we can't accommodate special dietary needs. You will want to bring appropriate meals and snacks if you have special dietary needs.
      WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
    • Full time guides, event planning, paddleboards, paddles, PFD's, lunch, drinks, small snacks, Christ-centered devotional, a God-awesome lifelong memory!
      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
    • Transportation to/from the event, additional snacks, dry containers, water bottles, items listed on checklist (see below).
      REQUIRED WAIVERS:  
      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 -out & back to/from- ARCHIE'S ISLAND

    Length: 1-2 total miles (round-trip) (includes practice mileage)
    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 practicing. After establishing adequate paddling abilities you will have the option to either stay in the practice area and continue to develop your skills within the protected inlet or to test your skills out on the open waters of Boca Ciega Bay. At this point we will attempt to paddle across the boat channel 1/4 mile southeast to Archie's Island. Once we arrive to the island you can relax, swim, or walk the island until it's time to paddle back to the park.

    Along the route we will also make time for a devotional and maybe even some optional paddling games, races, and water wars =). And don't forget to keep your eyes open for the occasional dolphin sighting. 

     
     



      


     
     
     
     
      
     
    - ABOUT OUR STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS & GEAR -
    Beginner & Intermediate Equipment
     
       
     
    2 PADDLEBOARD MODELS
    GTD currently offers a 2 varieties of recreational level stand-up paddleboards. They vary in length from 9 feet to 10 feet. Both models are hard shell paddleboards.

    Lifetime Horizon Recreational SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard)
    Constructed of: Hardshell UV-Protected High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate
    Height: 10 ft
    Width: 34 inches
    Thickness: 6 inches
    Max Weight Capacity: 230 lbs
    Designed For: Maximum Stability
    Quantity: GTD has 21 of these in various colors
    How much does this paddleboard weigh to pick-up & carry? 44 lbs
     
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    Lifetime Freestyle XL Recreational SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard)
    Constructed of: Hardshell UV-Protected High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
    Level: Beginner to Intermediate
    Height: 9 ft 8 inches
    Width: 35.5 inches
    Thickness: 5 inches
    Max Weight Capacity: 200 lbs
    Designed For: Maximum Stability
    Quantity: GTD has 3 of these in various colors
    How much does this paddleboard weigh to pick-up & carry? 40 lbs
     
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    Adjustable SUP Paddle (variety of models & colors)
     
     

    Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
     
     
     
    Ankle Leash (10 ft)
     
     



    - 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
     


    SIDEWINDER PADDLEBOARDING DAY TRIP CHECKLIST

    WARNING: Expect to get wet. You may fall off & 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 the 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 with ankle straps, watershoes, or even tennis shoes are recommended due to 
                             razor sharp oyster shells scattered about and possible stingrays)
    [  ]  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 if possible!)

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


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


     










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