Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Ringling Museum: Administrative Building 
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234

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Florida Chapter ISA



GUEST OF MEMBER PRICE: $55 (up to 5 guests)

LATE FEE: add $20/person after online registration closes - registration must be phoned in

AT THE DOOR: all $90


Arborist Safety and Climbing: SARASOTA 

we have added a Safety and Climbing class in Central Florida!
Spanish translation will be available in Sarasota!

Friday, December 6, 2019
Ringling Museum: Admin Building
5401 Bay Shore Road  -  Sarasota, FL  34234

ISA: 6      BCMA: 6-M     Tree Wkr: 6


Come prepared to be outdoors for part of the day.  Bring your PPE (hard hat, eye protection, ear protection) for best outdoor viewing. In the event of rain, the workshop will stay indoors for the entire class. Remember to dress for your comfort level indoors as well; we cannot always control the room temperature at all locations.


8:00-8:30   Registration (breakfast items available)

8:30-9:30   Climber Safety and Electrical Hazards
     Carson Smith
Learn important aspects of general climbing safety and an overview of electrical hazards in arboriculture.

9:30-10:30   Real A300: It Can Be Done
     Apollo O’Neil
We will explore the elusive capabilities triangle, its role in systemic pruning malpractice, and how we can integrate the A300 Pruning Standards into the real world.

10:30-10:45   Break
(move outside)

10:45-12:00   Professional Tree Climbing
     Apollo O’Neil
In tree demonstrations will solidify safe climbing practices, movement in the crown, and work positioning.

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45   Aerial Rescue
     Carson Smith
Steps to take to be prepared for an aerial rescue and demonstrations on safe techniques in relief of an injured climber.

1:45-2:45   Chainsaw Safety 
     Apollo O’Neil
Being aware of safety precautions will not only protect you, but others around you.  This tool for arborists will be discussed from safety, proper use, to necessary maintenance for longer life.

2:45-3:00   Break
(move inside)

3:00-4:00   Professionalism in Our Industry
     Carson Smith

Recognizing the manner in which we conduct our work reflects upon the arbor care profession as a whole.  What steps can we take to maintain a positive image?

4:00 Adjourn and sign for CEUs


Business Owner - O'Neil's Tree Service
Apollo O’Neil is the owner of O’Neil’s Tree Service in Palm Harbor, FL. He established O’Neil’s Tree Service in 2008 and has grown the company from a 1 employee to 17 employees in the last 9 years. Mr. O’Neil is an ISA Certified Arborist and maintains an active membership with the ISA and TCIA. He holds the credential of ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and also holds a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and a CTSP credential from the TCIA. He was awarded the Trees Florida, Florida Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture Loren Westenberger Award in 2014.

SANTIAGO ROMAN  Spanish Translator
Lead Arborist - Bonita Bay Community
Santiago Roman has been the lead arborist for the Bonita Bay Community Association for approximately seven years. He discovered this career calling by a combination of his love for the outdoors and a family landscape business. He generously offers his translation services in order to help share safety tips to the Spanish-speaking arborist community. Santiago is the recipient of the Florida ISA Award of Distinction in 2015.

Operations Manager - O’Neil’s Tree Service
Carson Smith is employed by O’Neil’s Tree Service in Palm Harbor, FL, where he serves as operations manager.  Climbing has been a passion of his since his career starting in 2008 in Evansville, Indiana after his service in the United States Marine Corps.  As Operations Manager, his duties include training, advancing safety, and managing crew to provide the highest standard of tree care. Carson is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist, and a TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.  He currently serves as chairman for the Florida ISA’s Climber Committee and climber representative for the Education Committee.  Carson has been active in the TCC as a climbing competitor and instructor at the Outdoor Tree School.

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