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Angler/Aquatic Education

Pass on the Fishing Tradition and Offer the Next Generation an Opportunity to Enjoy Healthy Sportfish Populations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers four volunteer instructor training programs that allow you to be a part of handing down the fishing tradition.

All training programs come with instructor's manuals.  To keep you updated on the most current techniques, follow-up training is provided at your request. There is no charge for any of these instructor trainings and they can be set up at a time convenient for your group of staff or volunteers. 

A two-hour training that gives you all the tools that you will need to teach others basic fishing skills.

A two-hour training designed for your camp's staff that are interested in conducting fishing activities with campers.  This training emphasizes angling skills and proper safety for anglers, fish and the environment.

An eight-hour training to become a certified Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs® instructor. Workshops consist of didactic and hands-on activities and can be presented in one full day. Participants receive the HOFNOD Instructor's Guide, the Fishing Clinic Instructor Guide, Kids Fishing Books for the students, and other support materials.

Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs® is a long-term and mentor-based program that teaches children about angling skills, conservation, stewardship, aquatic ecology, and other related topics.  Additionally, the program emphasizes positive life skills; such as, decision-making, goal-setting, and choosing to remain drug-free. The program uses best management practices, public/private partnerships, and quality educational materials to effectively recruit anglers from all sectors of society who become responsible stewards of aquatic resources.

This angling education curriculum is administered by the Future Fisherman Foundation. In Florida, HOFNOD is coordinated by the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Training workshops include topics such as:

  • Teaching and Learning Fishing Skills
  • Conducting an instructional Fishing Program
  • Age-group Specific Activities and Lessons
  • Integrating the Curriculum to Education Goals
  • Teaching about Environmental Ethics and Conservation
  • Implementing and Expanding your Program
  • Resources Available for New Instructors

 A twelve-hour training for directors and their staff that are interested in conducting a week-long day camp.  The camp's focus is on creating self-sufficient anglers, teaching basic boating skills and increasing environmental stewardship among campers.


Contact your Regional FYCCN Coordinator for training details and information.