BE. Orlando’s 7th Annual ICCD Pirate Adventure
Saturday, September 19, 2015
The Ocean Conservancy coordinates one day of global engagement in waterway cleanup projects. That day is International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD). 2015 will be the 29th annual ICCD year! Learn more on their ICCD website, including debris statistics and fact sheets.
BE. Orlando hosts an ICCD pirate-themed adventure event with both kayak and land-based routes for trash collection, scavenger hunt with prizes, and a social lunch after (self-pay).
This event is free to attend, family-friendly, pet-friendly (outside seating is available at lunch), and open to the public.
6:30 a.m. – Registration Tent Opens
7:00 a.m. – Kayak Rentals Open (rentals are first come, first serve until boats run out)
7:15 a.m. – Kayak Route Orientation & Team Assignment
10:30 a.m. – Begin bringing items in for sort and counting
11:30 a.m. – Lunch (self-pay)
This event serves not only to remove debris, but also creates awareness about the impact of debris on our environment and assists the Ocean Conservancy in collecting useful data from around the world about types and quantities of debris.
View the global impact report here.
To find additional ICCD projects, or to lead a project for your group, please click here to visit the ICCD site.
What to bring
You will need to bring your own work gloves, grabbers or tongs, etc. Bags will be provided. Bring bug spray and sunscreen.
You will need hard-soled watershoes or sneakers. Those on the kayak expedition may exit your vessel on the shorelines to access debris, and there are sharp shellbeds and other hazards.
Kayak rentals are available. If you have your own kayak pirate ship, you are welcome to bring it.
This year, ICCD falls right on International Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRR, Me Hearties, ye must bring yer best Pirate-itude! Full pirate costumes, pirate flags, and pirate speak are welcome on this trip! (But be mindful of comfort and safety!) Prizes for best costume, youngest pirate, and more!
There is no age minimum for this event, but every minor must have an accompanying adult. If you bring a youngster there are some additional boating regulations you need to look up. Also, make sure kids are either physically able to power their own boat for several miles or ride in a tandem with an adult.
Unless you are trained, please refrain from handling sharps or hazardous items.
For those on the kayak portion: If you cannot swim, you MUST tell us before we launch. You will be asked to wear your PFD and stay within reasonable distance of someone who can perform an assisted rescue. Most of the water we will be in will be very shallow; however, we will cross a couple of deep boat channels. This trip is appropriate for beginner level kayakers, depending on the wind & weather conditions.
The Captain’s “I Am Not Your Mama” clause: By your RSVP to this event you acknowledge that you have been provided with this information and that you are responsible for your own safety, vessel, equipment, etc, as well as that of any minor child accompanying you. You are responsible for knowing the appropriate boating regulations that apply to kayakers, distress signals, and boat traffic protocol, state park rules, and other public requirements. If you are not sure of these things, please ask yer captain BEFORE we embark on our adventure.
Captain’s Pirate Code
No Pirate Left Behind: For large groups we will run a sweep (person at the back responsible for ensuring there is no one separated from the group). “We start as a group, we go adventuring as a group, we finish as a group.”
Respect the Pirate Habitat and our animal friends who share it with us.
Respect your Co-Pirates by showing up on time (we will not hold up the whole trip to accommodate folks who are late). Also, if you are engaging in rough play such as boat bumping, water cannon battles, or other piratical shenanigans. If someone doesn’t want to engage, let them be.
Ye shall not mock yer Captain’s blankie. 🙂
After the event you can bet yer Jolly Roger that we’ll infiltrate JB’s Fishhouse galley to enjoy good food, knock back a nipper o’ grog, and – just maybe – burst into silly pirate songs. Lunch is self-pay, mateys!