Karina Walsh: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
November 12, 2009
“Let’s Go Fishing” Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors
CONCORD, N.H. – Are you anxiously awaiting New Hampshire’s winter season and can’t wait to get out ice fishing? Dreaming of spring and the first opportunities to wet your fly line? Avid anglers – here’s a great opportunity to give back to your community and share your love of the great sport of fishing. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is seeking volunteer ice fishing or fly fishing instructors for its “Let’s Go Fishing” program, where you’ll have a chance to teach ice or fly fishing to youth and adults.
Individuals being certified must attend two free training sessions. The first session will cover the ins and outs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the Let’s Go Fishing program’s policy and procedures and also includes CPR certification. The second session focuses specifically on the ice fishing or fly fishing programs presented; this will be a hands-on experience where prospective instructors are put through an abbreviated “real life” Let’s Go Fishing course. Topics covered include ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment and safety. If instructors want to teach both ice and fly fishing courses, they will need to attend a hands-on training session for each, in addition to the first overview training class.
The Let's Go Fishing program will hold the first half of the two-part certification training for new fishing instructors on the following dates (it is only necessary to attend one of these two training classes, plus one of the specialty sessions); lunch will be provided:
- Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord; or
- Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the White Mountain Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive in Berlin.
All instructors also must attend the second half of the certification training for the type of course they will be teaching (fly fishing or ice fishing), as listed below. Lunch is provided. These are:
- Fly Fishing: Sunday, January 10, 2010, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at Fish and Game Headquarters 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.
- Ice Fishing: Saturday, January 16, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness.
The certification program is required in order to be an instructor in this long-standing program. Training is free. To sign up, call Lisa Collins at 603-271-3212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; IN ADDITION, you must print out and return a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at www.fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.htm (or ask to get one by mail when you call). Applications must be received by December 4, 2009, to reserve your spot in the trainings.
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, basic 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 -- a true user-pay, user-benefit program.
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 www.FishNH.com.
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