We have a few exciting "pre-Rendezvous" events to share with you!
About Boating Safety - Pre-registration required - $50 per person
Sunday, October 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
About Boating Safety is an 8-hour course presented by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Designed for newer boaters, those who complete the course will earn a NASBLA approved certificate, which is required to operate a boat in some states on the Loop.
Topics covered include:
To attend, please look for this seminar as an option during registration.
- Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
- Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
- Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
- Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
- Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."
- Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
Bike Building for Boys & Girls Club of Northern Alabama - Free, but pre-registration is required
Sunday, October 13th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join your fellow Loopers as we assemble bikes for children in need. Curtis Stokes & Associates is sponsoring and planning this activity, and they'll be providing the bike kits. Groups of Loopers will build the bikes and then they'll be delivered to Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Alabama. A bit of Great Loop Trivia will even be thrown in! If you're attending the Rendezvous and would like to join in the fun, please email Julie Shea so she can add this event to your registration.
Introduction to the Great Loop - No pre-registration required
Monday, October 14th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
This session will be presented by AGLCA's Director, Kim Russo, just before the "official" start to the Rendezvous. All Rendezvous registrants are welcomed to attend. No pre-registration is required. If you're already on the Loop, or if you've attended a Looper Lifestyle seminar or one of Kim's seminars at a boat show or TrawlerFest, this content may be a repeat of what you've already seen. The seminar will include answers to frequently asked questions about the Great Loop, Great Loop stats, and an overview of the route through pictures submitted by Loopers.