***** Updated 1.15.2021 - Observer Training Course Schedule *****

Saturday February 27, 2021.

Saturday April 24, 2021.

Saturday July 24, 2021.

Saturday November 13, 2021.

IGFTO_(R)_LogoDate: February 27, 2021

Location: Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise-Airport 1500 SE 17th Street Causeway  Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

New Venue Offers Travel Expense Savings

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express at a discounted rate. 10 single rooms and five double rooms are available for Friday, February 26, and Saturday, February 27, but reservations must be made by February 5, 2021.  Included in the package is a complimentary upgraded continental breakfast with hot breakfast sandwiches.   The Holiday Inn also offers free shuttles to and from the airport.

The room discount, combined with the location of the hotel will make getting to and from the course less expensive and more convenient than ever.  The course will also be conducted observing COVID-19 protocols with appropriate space between attendees and masks required.

To make room reservations, please call 1.800.238.8000 and use group code IGF.  Or click on this link: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS.

Enter your check in and check out dates, choose a single or double room, enter your credit card info and obtain your confirmation number for the stay. 

The Inn is located within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops.  Car rentals for those flying in for the course should not be necessary.  For those driving to the OTC, the Holiday Inn Express also offers free parking.

Register here: REGISTER


Saturday April 24, 2021

Location: Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise-Airport 1500 SE 17th Street Causeway  Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

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Saturday July 24, 2021

Virginia Beach, VA. Location: To be Determined.

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Saturday November 13, 2021

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites, 1475 W. Gateway Blvd, Boynton Beach (near Delray Beach), FL

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***** Due to COVID-19 Restrictions and CDC Adherence, DO NOT make travel arrangements until your attendance has been positively confirmed by a member of the IGFTO Membership Committee or a Board Member. *****

Course Information: Total Value $500.  

The half-day session starts promptly at 9 a.m. and runs until approximately 1:30 p.m. and teaches Observer responsibilities and duties, Billfish identification, and IGFA angling rules.  In addition to program attendance you will receive:

Annual IGFTO Membership;

Observer Dress and Work Shirts (one each);

Observer Log Book, Buff, and Lapel Pin;

Course Notebook; and

Web Access to Billfish identification, IGFA Rules Downloads.

Complete the course and observe among the best crews in the world at top-notch resorts in Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Questions? Email bob.stimolo@igfto.org or call 860.604.8822