Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
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First Baptist Church: Christian Life Center 
21 First Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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Florida Chapter ISA 


Non member: $395
Member: $350
Guest of member: $350

Late Fees:
Add $20/person if you register within 7 days of the event: you will need to call Florida ISA to register.

At the door (if available):
Call Florida ISA to see if there is a spot available.

Space is limited to 25 students.


Introduction to Tree Climbing for Arborists 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

First Baptist Church: Christian Life Center 
21 First Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

This class registration will close
at midnight on Thursday December 5, 2019

Certified Arborist: 7      BCMA: M-7


This class is intended for arborists with minimal or limited experience climbing trees with rope and saddle. It is preferred that students bring their own gear to learn on their own equipment, however, a minimum amount of PPE and climbing gear will be available at the class. 

All students will be leaving the ground and moving around the tree but always with an instructor in close proximity in the tree to maximize climber instruction and safety.  The primary objective of this course is to teach students a basic understanding of proper climbing methods, safety working in trees, and to have a basic knowledge platform to start a career as a tree climbing arborist. Much more on-the-job-training will be required to gain proficiency.

Important: You will be asked to sign a waiver prior to the class beginning. Please be advised that climbing trees with rope and saddle requires a modest amount of physical agility and modest to high capacity cardio-fitness. Our instructors reserve the right to reject students that they feel are not sufficiently fit to safely complete the tree climbing exercises required to complete the class. Refunds will be available. Our instructors also reserve the right to reject student gear they deem unsafe for use. Some loaner equipment will be available.

Who should attend: This class will afford you the opportunity to learn to climb trees using the latest, most efficient climbing techniques used in modern arboriculture today. This is a great opportunity for tree
service companies to send recent hires and get back an employee who is trained in the latest safe efficient climbing technology.

Limited Capacity: This class has a very limited capacity, (just 25 students), and we expect to have high demand and it will fill up fast. First come first served.

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Students should bring/wear:  long pants, long or short sleeve work shirt, sturdy above-the-ankle work boots, hard hat with chin strap, eye protection, your climbing gear (climbing saddle, 75 to 90 foot ” climbing line, 2 double locking carabiners, eye to eye, hitch climber pulley or similar, rope wrench, foot ascender, chest tether, throwline and ball, and work positioning lanyard).

It is preferred that all students bring their own gear, however, a minimum amount of PPE and climbing gear will be available at the class.


8:00 – 8:30     Registration with Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00     A Brief History of Tree Climbing (Indoor) - Carson Smith
Learn how tree climbing techniques have progressed over the years and what our objectives are as a production arborist working aloft.

9:00 – 9:30     Rules to Live by as Climbers (Indoor) - Rob Calley
A brief overview of the ANSI Z133 and how these standards are the basis for tree worker safety.

9:30 – 10:00 General Safety and Electrical Hazards (Indoor) - Carson Smith
This session will teach important aspects of general climbing safety and an overview of electrical hazards common in arboricultural work.

10:00 - 10:15 Break 
(Move outside into instructor groups)

10:15 – 4:30 Outdoor Stations   
Lunch 12:00-12:45 (provided)

This portion will be hands on training with an Instructor with no more than 5 climbers per group/instructor.  You will learn:

  • PPE and gear check
  • Tree risk assessment for climbers
  • Tie-in selection/installing climbing line/friction savers
  • MRS and SRS components/knots
  • Efficient ascent and descent
  • Movement and positioning in tree (lanyard use, rope angles, limb walk, redirects, and
    work positioning)

4:30    Adjourn and sign for CEUs


This class will be taught by highly experienced and skilled climbing arborists who have competed in and judged at many tree climbing competitions, including past winners at our annual Florida TCC event. The instructor/student ratio is 5 to 1, affording a lot if individual attention.

Rob Calley - Backridge Tree Service and
Carson Smith – O’Neil’s Tree Service

along with
Colin Kelly - A Cut Above Tree and Landscape
Nick Meyers - Advance Tree Pros
Tim Walters – Miller's Tree Service, plus
Mike Cross as safety advisor – ArborWorks, LLC

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If not a Florida Chapter member yet, you can click below to join!  Then you can select the discounted member rate when you register for this and future Florida ISA seminars during the upcoming year!

  • CLICK HERE to join just the Florida ISA Chapter without joining ISA International for $50/year
    Look for the Florida Chapter on the list.
  • CLICK HERE to join ISA International for $135/year and then add the Florida ISA Chapter membership for $30/year (total $165/year)