What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?
The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska prioritizes safety of all who attend the Combat Fishing Tournament. We are taking the following steps to ensure the safety of all participants, partners, staff and volunteers:
- Temperature checks will be performed at check-in and prior to boarding the bus.
- All attendees are encouraged to observe social distancing of six feet.
- All attendees must wear a face covering on the bus, dockside and on the charter.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to all participants.
- We will follow all current state, local and DoD health and safety mandates
- No communal meals or gatherings will be held as part of the event
Can I fish with my friends?
When possible, yes. There are two considerations: your friends must meet eligibility requirements. For those who fall within these two considerations, we recommend you include the names of everyone in your group in the notes/request section of the registration portal to make our admin team aware of your request to participate as a group.
Can I register on behalf of my friends/coworkers?
No. Each participant must complete their own registration. You may not register on behalf of friends, coworkers, or fellow service members.
Do I get to choose the fishing charter company, or type of fish I want?
No. The ASYMCA will be booking all charters based on the availability of the charter companies who have agreed to participate in this event. The charter captains will determine what species of fish will be included in your charter.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
The following responsibilities will fall to the participant:
- Reading and understanding all participant information provided to you by the ASYMCA and the Charter company you are booked through--including ASYMCA's cancellation policy, and state and local COVID-19 health mandates.
- Communicating your participation in this event with your command, and obtaining travel and/or leave approval as needed. (Note: you may be out of cell range during your trip)
- Obtaining a fishing license prior to your fishing charter and ensuring you have a physical copy of it on your person when you check-in for your fishing charter.
- Making contact with the Charter company assigned to you to provide any additional information they may need, and to get specific policies and procedures for your trip.
- Arranging for transportation to and from the port your fishing charter is operating from, as well as any overnight accommodations you may choose to book.
- Processing and providing a cooler for transporting your fish back home.
- Providing photos from your trip to the ASYMCA.
Why do I need to printed copy of my fishing license?
Until recently, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations required you to have a printed, physical copy of your fishing license on your person when fishing. Though this regulation has been updated, there is still a stipulation requiring your signature be on your license. Additionally, charter companies may have internal policies requiring you to show a physical copy of your license prior to boarding. By requiring you to have a printed fishing license, it provides the most effective and safe method for your charter captain to verify your license meets regulations without having to handle your mobile device or break social distancing, and helps to ensure you do not have any surprises when you check in for your charter.
If you have specific questions, it is best to ask the charter company you are scheduled with directly.
I thought this was "no charge." Why is there a deposit required?
The ASYMCA is booking your fishing charter on your behalf. Your deposit is refundable upon completion of your fishing charter. We ask for you to secure your charter fishing trip with a monetary investment to minimize cancellations or no-shows.
How do I get my deposit back?
The ASYMCA will fully refund your $100 deposit upon successfully completing your scheduled fishing charter and providing one or more photos from your trip. A staff member from the ASYMCA will be reaching out to you following your fishing charter to help facilitate this process.
What happens if I don't take my scheduled charter?
If you cancel in accordance with the cancellation policy specified in the My ASYMCA registration portal or FAQ item below, there is no penalty. Bear in mind that we may not be able to re-book you for the 2021 tournament if all the bookings are filled, so it may mean that you will have to try again next year.
If you fail to cancel and do not show up for your scheduled fishing charter, if the charter captain denies you boarding due to unsafe behavior, or if you show up but choose not to get on the boat, you will forfeit your deposit and any future opportunity to participate in the Combat Fishing Tournament or other ASYMCA events.