Angling for a Healthy Future:
The Florida Fishing Academy delivers a fishing education and life-skills program to students in grades K-12. The program’s curriculum is an environmental awareness initiative that teaches children to enjoy Florida’s fragile marine resources in a way that preserves the ecosystem for generations to come. The program also arms these kids with the tools and knowledge to resist the temptations of the streets and to gain a richer appreciation for our local waters.
High school students will receive extensive vocational fishing education, as well as post-secondary preparation and support designed to prepare them for the workforce or college. They will learn how to mentor younger students, serve as FFA camp counselors, teach our program, navigate a vessel, chart an open-water course, compete in fishing tournaments, design and build rods, repair reels, build lures, become a certified Red Cross lifeguard and work with our community partners through our on-the-job training component.
Every Riviera Beach resident who attends the program is benefitted by scholarships provided by CRA grants. The program offffffers water sports instruction, summer camps and deep-sea fishing camps. The curriculum instructs students on proper and safe boating, kayaking, fishing and sailing practices. Students then practice what they learned during weeklong deep-sea summer camps aboard FFA fishing boats or on community event days hosted at the Riviera Beach Marina.
Students of all ages will learn about environmental awareness, water flow and erosion, in addition to problem-solving and life skills, using hands-on activities that emphasize scientific learning. Students will explore a working model of Florida’s watershed to learn about the effffffects of pollution and beach erosion and how it relates to the marine-life food chain. They will have the opportunity to hold marine life animals in our touch tank, dissect a squid or fish and participate in an oil spill cleanup activity. Students will also brainstorm ideas for conservation activities and pollution control.
200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach, FL 33404. 561-740-7227; floridafishingacademy.com com/