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Tybee Floatilla Rules and Regulations

When the dog days of summer are upon us and the heat starts to get unbearable, I can think of no better way to cool off than to float leisurely down the rivers of Tybee Island in an inner tube. No worries and no time constraints allow you to truly clear your mind and relax. It's a great way to spend time with friends and family and it's fun for everyone from age 5 to 105. Here are the Rules and Regulations of the Tybee Floatilla.

  • Safety is number 1; raising money is number 2. If you aren't a good swimmer, this fundraiser is not for you. There will be a lot of floaters in the river so we ask that everyone look out for one another. We are all here to have a good time, but take a second and get familiar with your surroundings. Remember Safety is number 1!
  • Set up a shuttle so you're not trapped on the river. A shuttle is simply a vehicle parked at the take out point (The Crab Shack) and entry point (Alley III). This usually means two vehicles are required for a Floatilla. Bring dry clothes, towels, and cash and leave them in the vehicle left at The Crab Shack. The Islands Express Shuttle Service is a proud sponsor of the Tybee Floatilla. If you need transpiration, call them at 912-695-0160.
  • NO LITTERING! If you see trash on the beach or in the water, please pick it up and store it with your trash. If you see someone litter, please don't say anything; just pick it up. We want every Floatilla event to be a positive event for Tybee. Again…we are all in this together.
  • Any size float is permitted, but the smaller the float, the easier it is to maneuver. The wind can sometimes blow a larger float into the marsh and oyster beds. Consider purchasing a 12v air pump to inflate your tubes. Blowing them up manually takes a while and can leave you light headed. Kayaks and Paddle Boards are also encouraged. NO MOTORIZED VESSELS are allowed entry. The Tybee Marine Rescue Squadron will be in available to assist you if needed. Fluzzle Tube is a proud sponsor for the Tybee Floatilla. They are donating %10 back to this event. Purchase your Fluzzle Tube at www.FluzzleTube.com and enter the code "Tybee"
  • Bring your own water and food. NO glass or kegs. Broken glass is painful on the bare feet. Alcohol is permitted but is heavily discouraged. You must be 21 or over to drink alcohol by law. Sun, heat, hot water, the ocean, and alcohol consumption aren't a good combination. Please drink responsibly. If you bring a cooler, make sure it is properly secured so items do not fall out. Never take a Styrofoam cooler. They break apart and create a mess.
  • Do not climb on any dock that isn't the Crab Shack's dock unless you are having problems. Docks are private property.
  • All floaters are encouraged to wear shoes. There are lots of oysters in our rivers.
  • Don't forget sun block. Being burned on the river is never fun, especially on the days following the Floatilla. When exiting the water at the Crab Shack, remain calm and patient. There will be ladders available for egress. Volunteers will be on the Crab Shack's dock to assist you. If you try to pull yourself up on the dock, you risk cutting yourself on the barnacles. Use the ladders!
  • Hats and sunglasses protect your eyes. You will be on the river for hours, and the glare can be bad without these items. On the other hand, sunglasses, cameras, wallets, and cell phones do not float! Please secure all your personal belongings you bring with you on the Floatilla. A dry box will work. From past experience, Ziploc bags aren't reliable.
  • You must sign the Tybee Floatilla waiver and register for the fundraiser. You must wear your wristband in order to gain entry into the Tybee Floatilla and to use the Crab Shack's dock. If you are a registered floater and see someone without a wristbands…politely ask them how they expect to get expect to get onto the docks at the Crab Shack. Floaters with out a wristband will not be allowed onto the Crab Shacks dock. Plain and simple. There is a limit to the Tybee Floatilla because safety is number 1. Let's not ruin a good thing.
  • DNR has determined that a float is defined as a vessel while we are floating on the Floatilla. Life jackets will be REQUIRED by law from here on out, on every Floatilla. You do not have to wear the life jacket, just attach it to your float. Law does require this (refer to Rule and Regulation #1). Children under the age of 12 must wear their life vest. and life vests are always recommended for anyone who is the slightest bit uncomfortable about their swimming abilities.
  • Follow ALL the rules and regulations!
  • Have FUN! The best part about the Tybee Floatilla is how relaxing this fundraiser is. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Make sure to stick around at the Crab Shack and tell the bartenders and waitresses how thankful you are for their letting us use their facilities. A thank you goes a long way!
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