Attendee Registration Information 

Online registration is now closed.  You can register onsite in Orlando starting on Thursday, June 1st.  Download the PDF form below. 


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Attendee CE Schedule

Detailed Convention Schedule Approval by the Department.  As a reminder, a minimum of six (6) hours must be in the rules/well construction category (R/R) and no more than six (6) hours may be in the business/safety practices category (S/B).

Thursday, June 1  
11:30 AM Golf Tournament Registration & Lunch
12:30 PM Golf Shotgun Start
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Convention Registration Desk Open
Friday, June 2 Eight (8) hours of CE credit available 
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Convention Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Water Management District Panel Discussion (2 R/R Credits)

  • Representatives from the state’s Water Management Districts will be on-hand to present pertinent issues facing their districts and how this will affect water well contractors. Attendees will be able to ask specific questions relating to issues they face and hear about issues facing other parts of the state.
9:50 AM - 10:40 AM

Two Session Options - you pick one (1 S/B Credit)

  1. Overview of Family Business Succession Planning - presented by Jesse Richardson, Professor of Law and the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law
    • This presentation provides and introduction to and overview of the basics of family business succession planning in the water well industry. The presentation introduces principles of estate planning, business entities, and business agreements. Common mistakes are covered, along with best practices.

  2. What's happening in insurance! What you can do to help control areas of potential loss and reduce premiums - presented by Lorrie Partridge, AAI, Corporate President of Blackadar Insurance Agency Inc.
    • In this presentation, we'll share and discuss the most productive ways to control loss potential in the areas of Business Auto Insurance, Equipment Insurance, General Liability, Property Insurance and Workers' Compensation. Premiums are escalating and knowing the safety and best practice steps to take, remain the initial protocol to help protect your business and your ability to reduce your insurance premiums. 
10:50 AM - 11:40 AM

Two Session Options - you pick one (1 R/R Credit)

  1. Water Well Rules and How to Break Them - presented by Warren Zwanka, P.G., Suwannee River Water Management District
    • This course will cover Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Codes, rule organization and citation, rulemaking, materials incorporated by reference, minor violations, compliance and enforcement, case studies, and recommendations for staying out of trouble. 

  2. SWFWMD’s Regional Observation & Monitor-well Program (ROMP) – How & Why - presented by Jason LaRoche, Senior P.G. in the Geohydrologic Data Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
    • The ROMP program is responsible for our District’s aquifer exploration, monitor-well construction, and aquifer performance testing. The goal is to delineate and characterize the aquifer framework of west-central Florida (and beyond) to design monitor-well networks, develop regional groundwater models, and facilitate water use permitting. To accomplish this, we utilize specialized core drilling, customized equipment, and innovative testing methods developed through persistent teamwork by our skilled drilling staff and geologists.
11:40 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch on own

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

FGWA Annual Business Meeting & Elections (1 R/R Credit)

2:40 PM - 3:30 PM

Two Session Options - you pick one (1 R/R Credit)

  1. 2023 State of the U.S. Water Well Industry Report - presented by Margaret Martens, Water Systems Council Executive Director
    • This presentation on the State of the U.S. Water Well Industry is based on 886 responses to the State of the U.S. Water Well Industry survey conducted December 2022 – January 2023. The report gathers contractors and supplier perspectives on the current challenges, opportunities, and trends within the water well industry.

  2. Mixing Drilling Fluids and Pumpable Grouts - presented by Doug Keller, Baroid IDP
    • This course will demonstrate the mixing of drilling fluids and bentonite grouts. Attendees will learn the steps to properly mix drilling fluids, order of addition, the two functions of soda ash, proper hydration of bentonite, why to add polymers slowly, the advantages and necessity of a two-tank system, the importance of hole and tank volumes and related tank levels, and exact water requirement for pumpable bentonite grouts. 
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Trade Show Hall Open (2 S/B Credits)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception & Silent Auction

Saturday, June 3

Five (5) hours of CE credit available

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Trade Show Hall Open (2 S/B Credits)

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Introduction to Well Rehabilitation and Maintenance (1 R/R Credit) - presented by Michael Whittaker, Cotey Chemical Corporation

  • This presentation will cover Chlorine use and misuse in water wells, well rehabilitation and well maintenance.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch on own

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Stop the Flow (1 R/R Credit) - presented by Dave Arnold, P.G., Southwest Florida Water Management District

  • As directed by state law, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) manages many aspects of well construction regulation for approximately 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties in west-central Florida. This session will provide a summary of District well construction rules that protect the groundwater resource by mitigating unauthorized flow of groundwater through appropriate well construction.
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

How To Drill with Tooling on the GTR 790 (1 R/R Credit) - presented by Larry Orzeske, Mobile Drill International

  • This course will be a hands-on demonstration to include a brief description application for this type of sampling, HD-25 Sampling system - advantages and conditions, Rambo-S Cased Sampling system - advantages and conditions, removing the sampler from the ground, and best practices.