*** Updated 5.14.2024 | Observer Training Course Schedule ***

Thank You for your interest in becoming an IGFTO Observer. Click REGISTER to enroll below your course date and complete your application.

Registration Open

The Shack, Virginia Beach 7.27.2024

Ocean City, MD Marlin Club 8.25.2024

Hampton Inn, Downtown Los Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL 11.9.2024

Future classes to be announced

IGFTO_(R)_LogoBelow you will find information for the upcoming Observer Training Courses


Date: Saturday July 27, 2024

The Shack 712 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757.319.5146

Register here: REGISTER


Date: Sunday August 25, 2024

Ocean City, MD Marlin Club | 9659 Golf Course Rd, Ocean City, MD 21842 | PH: 410.231.1613

Register here: REGISTER


Date: Saturday November 9, 2024

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area 250 N. Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 | PH: 855.797.6733

Register here: REGISTER


Effective 01 August 2023: 

1. Payment in full is required to hold your reservation.  If payment is not received within 2 (TWO) weeks, your application will be rejected.

2. If you cancel your reservation 2 weeks prior to the program or earlier, you will receive a full refund. 

3. If you cancel your reservation less than 2 weeks before the program, there is a $25 cancellation fee. 

Paying promptly through the application process ensures you have a seat in the upcoming class you selected.

Course Information: Total Approximate Value $500.00; your cost is only $295.00 (plus the PayPal convenience fee).  Sign up now and save!

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 through the end of the calendar year;

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? Reach out to our staff via Email: member.services@igfto.org | or by Phone: 860.604.8822.