Registration for LOL 2015 officially starts tomorrow and we have some important news and updates about this year’s symposium. We’re not shy to say, last year’s event was one of our best. We had more women paddlers than ever before and that means more fun than ever before! With more attendees came more challenges and we saw a few areas where we can make LOL 2015 even better. We took your comments to heart and have made some adjustments. Here are some of the most important things to know for this year:
Last year we announced that we would need 100 women to register in order to hold the event. The outpouring of support was incredible and before long we had over 120 paddlers signed up. It was great. The need to keep attendance up hasn’t gone away. So once again we are going to need 100 registrants to hold LOL 2015. We’ve set a deadline of June 1st, same as last year, to reach this goal. The good news is we are already 20% of the way there with ladies who signed up at the event last year. We are confident that once again this won’t be a problem. So if you came last year and had fun, sign up again and we’ll be at 100 in no time, especially if you bring a friend!
Just like last year all registration will be done online. We’ve changed our registration a little in order to make it easier. You will no longer have to sign up on one page and then pay at another. It’s all done in one place this year. In past years you’ve had to fill out a waiver when you arrived at the event. This year we’ve wrapped that into your registration.
Last year was the first year we offered online scheduling and it was a huge success. We will be doing the same thing this year. You’ll be able to select all of your classes and tours while you’re signing up. New for this year is a color coding system to help you build the perfect schedule and make sure you get into classes that are best suited for you and your paddling goals. To learn more about this year’s scheduling check out this post: LOL 2015 Schedule! Some classes and all tours have a limited number of available spots. We’d recommend signing up early to ensure that you get what you want. We will not maintain waiting lists for any of the tours or classes. If spots open up they will be given out on a first come first served basis at the event.
In the past we have carried all canceled registrations forward to next event, sometimes for multiple years. This became more complicated with higher attendance. From this year forward, we are no longer carrying registrations forward. We will offer partial refunds to all cancellations. If you sign up and are unable to attend please let us know as soon as possible. If you let us know you can’t make it before April 15th we will refund 75% of your registration fee. If you cancel between April 15th and July 15th we will refund half of your registration. No refunds will be given for cancellations after July 15th.
If you have a registration that is being carried over from a previous symposium, this will be your last year to use it. This means that if you can’t make it to this year’s event we will not carry it over to 2016. We are unable to offer refunds on registrations carried over from previous years.
In past years we have required participants to demonstrate a wet exit prior to taking any classes or tours. This helps our instructors know that every person on the water is capable of getting out of their boat if they tip. We are updating that requirement this year with the help of our new color coding system. This year participants categorized as Green or Blue level must complete a wet exit Wednesday, Thursday or Friday in order to attend classes or tours. This can be accomplished by enrolling in the following courses, which will have instructor-assisted wet exits incorporated into the course work: Au Train River Tour or In, Out, Up and Down. The wet-exit requirement can also be satisfied by completing an instructor-assisted wet exit from 4-5 PM Wednesday or Thursday, and on Friday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 AM before classes begin. Participants categorized as Red and Gold will be evaluated by instructors, who may deem that an individual should perform a wet exit based upon instructor assessment. It is assumed that those signing up for Red and Gold classes are comfortable and practiced with wet exits as well as self and partner rescue.
We announced last year that LOL has found a permanent home in Munising, and we meant it! Munising is a paddler’s paradise with great access to Lake Superior and some of the most beautiful shoreline you’ll find anywhere on the planet. LOL headquarters will be located upstairs at Sydney’s Restaurant where the always friendly staff do their best to cater to our every need.
One great thing about registering early is that the sooner you register, the less you pay. If you sign up any time between this Friday and March 10th, your registration will only cost you $250! If you sign up between March 10th and June 1st, registration will cost $300. After June 1st, the price will rise to $350. This fee gets you world class instruction and all of the breathtaking tours that are offered at the event.
If you choose to take the optional BCU 3-Star Assessment class it will cost an additional $150. Learn more about this class HERE.
If you have any questions or if there is anything we can help you out with please email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 906.482.2500