Q- What should I bring on the day of the class?
A- For equipment, you should bring your chainsaw, hardhat, and chaps if you have them. For clothing, you will need boots and clothing that will keep you warm and dry for the weather that day.
Q- What type of shoes are allowed for running the chainsaw?
A- We cannot allow you to run a chainsaw with sneakers or light footwear. A "hiker" type boot is allowed. A leather boot with a hard toe is recommended.
Q- How long does the day last?
A- We try to finish by 4pm.
Q- Are there refreshments available?
A- No. We consider this to be a work day in the woods. Be sure to bring a lunch and drink to last the day.
Q- If I do not have chainsaw chaps, should I purchase a pair before I come?
A- No. We recommend you wait untill you take Level 1. We will give you information as to the options you have in chaps and protective pants. We will have an extra pair of chaps for you to use on the Level 1 day.
Q- Do you ever cancel a day due to weather?
A- Very rarely!. We expect you to arrive with clothing to keep you warm and dry for the weather. Very high winds or lightning will force us to cancel.
Q- When will I know if a day is cancelled?
A- The instructor will send an email out to the class by 10 PM the night before if the day is cancelled. No email means the day is ON. A phone call will be made to anyone who does not have email.
Q- Will I be doing a lot of cutting with the saw during the class.
A- This is a "hands on" teaching format, however, there will be 6 to 9 other individuals in the class and all will be practicing the skills taught by the instructor, one at a time. This does make for a fair amount of standing and watching. Please dress accordingly.
Q- Is the class taught in the woods or in a class room?
A- All of the classes are taught in the woods. However, for the level 2 day, the time spent teaching the maintenance portion of the class can be taught in a shop or garage.
Q- I have lots of saw experience, can I just take the more advanced levels?
A- The GOL Levels 1-4 must be taken consecutively. The skills necessary for each level are built upon from the previous level(s). Level 1 & 2 are a prerequisite for the Storm Damage Cleanup course. Levels 1-4 are required for the Level 5 refresher course.