16th PRCA Annual International Conference and Expo

March 7-10, 2019 

This years conference will be held in Tampa Florida!  Come soak up some sun!
Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
Tampa, Florida
March 7-10, 2019

Thank You to Our Exhibitors and Sponsors !

                                                                                

About the PRCA

Each year the PRCA covens an annual conference to conduct official Board and Membership Annual meetings, professional development workshops, state of industry reports, networking opportunities, and general industry knowledge. Owners, builders, operators, guides, summer camps, employees, attorneys, insurance representatives, and other interested parties in the ropes challenge course, aerial adventure course, zip line tour industry are encouraged to attend. Over the years the PRCA conference tends to carry a more of a grassroots feel setting, with a more inclusion and the ability to have deeper conversations with industry leaders, experts, and operators. The PRCA and its conferences represent an under realized resource for the industry, yet represents core knowledge of the industry which may not be found elsewhere.

The PRCA is an industry association where the membership has direct voting rights on association matters without the dominance of vendor control or exclusion.  It is a non-profit association comprised of a voluntary board of directors, peer reviewed vendors, organizational members, and individual members. Within the ropes challenge course, aerial adventure course, zip line tour industry, there has been a perceived need for an association and standards document that was reflective of a more democratic process, rather vendor driven and dominant. The essential need is a major requirement for ANSI Accredited Stands Developer status and the PRCA was the first industry association to receive this designation in December 2005. To follow came the first industry ANSI Accredited National SAFETY Standard in March 2014.  This is the only industry standard of this highest designation, which includes safety and training standards. To address this need and to strengthen the effectiveness of the PRCA standards, a solid representation within the industry was sought for census body representation. By collaborating with other industry organizations and with the input of other industry leaders, a more inclusive situation was achieved.

Venue / Lodging: Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore

The PRCA has a room block reserved for conference attendees.  You may follow this link for room reservations and to receive conference rates.

The group rate is $145/night for two double beds.  Going rate during Spring Break season is $260.night (published on Internet 10/25/2018).  By following the link above and selecting your dates, the conference code should automatically populate ensuring you get the PRCA conference rate. Cut off date is 2/18/2019.

The convenience of the Westshore market is right out the front door. Tampa’s best shopping and entertainment district is well within the complimentary transportation zone of three miles, most within walking distance. You can enjoy either International Plaza or Westshore Plaza for all your shopping needs.

The venue is also near by many gulf beaches, Lowery Park Zo, Downtown Museums, Spring Training, Bush Gardens, Florida Aquarium, and Raymond James Stadium.

In conjunction with the conference, the PRCA Qualified Instructor Certification training will be held concurrently with the conference. Schedules and agendas will be uploaded shortly to the website.

Travel:

The Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore is located in the heart of the Westshore Business District. 2 miles to the Tampa International Airport. Over 110 stores and 50+ restaurants within a walkable 1-mile radius.  Onsite dinning available at the market place – coffee bar and 24HR café bar 700 – grille & outdoor lounge. Are you a frequent traveler? IHG Rewards Club members can earn 3 points for every dollar spent!

Amenities & Features:

  • Complimentary wireless access
  • 24 hour Business Center
  • Free Parking
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • Heated Outdoor Pool & Spa
  • Rooms include: 32″ flat panel TV, Refrigerator, Keurig Coffee Maker

Full Conference Schedule – Click Here!

2019 PRCA Conference Brochure – Click Here!

  • Qualified Instructors Certification Workshop
  • Stakeholders Meeting regarding ASTM F2959 Exclusion Meeting
  • ANSI/PRCA Consensus Group Meeting – ANS Reaffirmation
  • Tree Umph! Local Aerial Adventure Course Tour
  • EAD’s and Zip Line Brakes by Head Rush Technologies
  • Insurance 101by Hibbs Hallmark
  • Zip Line Brakes – Arresting Energy by Head Rush Technologies
  • PRCA Annual Members Meeting
  • Land Leases & Agreements
  • Surviving Death at Camp
  • 4:1 Rescue Systems
  • Introducing Service Animals with Groups
  • Top 10 Group Initiatives
  • EAD’s – A call to Fail Safe Braking
  • Decision Making Styles; Group Assessment
  • Knots / Gear / Tech Pro’s & Con’s
  • Tee Shirt / Merch SWAP / Marketing – What works!
  • Industry Roundtable Q & A – Trends – Jobs
  • Integrating Environmental Education with Zip Line Tours
  • Social Gatherings with Appetizers / Hors d’oeuvres
  • And MORE!

Service Crew:

New this year, the PRCA is starting a Service Crew Program where volunteers and students can work up to 15 hours on conference related support efforts and earn a free conference registration! This is a great way to save money, support your association, attend some great workshops, defining your skills for a current or future employment. Interested persons may contact Service Crew Coordinator Curt Rowland <canoecurt@gmail.com> to sign up for service. Help at the registrations table, assist with workshop set up and introductions, help with other conference related logistics, assist the vendors, etc. What a great way to get involved!

IMPORTANT: Current PRCA members can register for the event logging in to the PRCA website and take advantage of membership discounted rates. Once you have logged in to your PRCA account, simply go the EVENTS tab and click on the conference event. There you can follow the prompts to register. If you are not a current PRCA Member, please consider joining as the discounts to attend the conference exceed that of an individual membership rate.

If you are NOT a Member of the PRCA, please follow this link to register:

Non-PRCA Member Event Registration – CLICK HERE  

PRCA Members should login to their account for registration and discounts!

Paying by Check?  Please complete the Registration Form and include with your payment.

Save the Dates for 2020!

17th PRCA Annual International Conference and Expo

March 5-8, 2020

Cancellations / Refunds Policy:

Qualified Instructor Certification Class: Any cancellations must be received by written letter no later than February 22, 2019, 5 PM Central Time.

Participants: Any cancellations must be received by written letter no later than March 1, 2019, 5 PM Central Time.

Vendors / Booth: Any cancellations must be received by written letter no later than February 22, 5 PM Central Time. 

Please e-mail cancellation to <info@prcainfo.org> A 10% fee will be applied to cover credit card transactions and processing fees. If a Vendor / Booth, additional fees such as shipping and handling may apply to cover the return of your materials.  Please allow 30 days for refund. Any disputes will be handled by the Board of Directors and all decisions are final.