Are you an avid angler looking to give back to your community and share your love of fishing? New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults.
Those being certified must attend both an overview training session and at least one specialty training class. The overview session covers the ins and outs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the Let’s Go Fishing program, as well teaching practices and principles. It will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord N.H. Lunch is provided.
All instructors also must attend the second half of the certification training for the specific type of course they will be teaching. The specialty sessions focus on the specific programs presented. These sessions cover ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment and safety. These training sessions take place from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. Lunch is provided.
Instructors must attend the specialty training session for each course topic they wish to teach:
- Basic Fishing: Sunday, December 8, 2013
- Ice Fishing: Saturday, January 11, 2014
- Fly Fishing: Sunday, January 12, 2014
After completing the training, participants have the chance to join an existing team of volunteer fishing instructors who present programs across the state. The Let’s Go Fishing program also offers: saltwater fishing, fly tying and saltwater fly fishing.
Thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let’s Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels.
Registration has opened for the training sessions, which are free. To sign up, print out and return a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website. To request one by mail or email, contact 603-271-3212 or aquatic-ed(at)wildlife.nh.gov. Applications must be received by Friday, November 15, to reserve a spot in the trainings.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources. Visit their website.