National Fishing and Boating Grants for PE Teachers

K-12 physical education classes are eligible for up to $5,000 to incorporate quality fishing and/or boating programs. The Future Fisherman Foundation, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, American Association for Leisure and Recreation, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education announce the availability of $200,000 for this nationwide program. In 2003, Treva Artimisi with Jefferson County School District received one of the grants, and used the money to teach canoeing in Adaptive Physical Education classes. Artimisi paired able-bodied high school students with special needs students.

"Fishing and boating programs give all students, whether they excel in other sports or not, the chance to get excited about a physically active lifestyle," says Corky Pugh, Director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries." Eligible programs may receive up to $5,000, which includes travel costs to the fishing and boating training in July 2005. The grant proposals must incorporate fishing and/or boating into mainstream physical education curriculum during school hours, and expose at least one class period to the sports of fishing, boating, or a combination of both. Main overall objectives must emphasize the relationship between fishing/boating and lifetime physical/mental health.

Activities must include instruction in one or more of the following: spin-casting, bait-casting, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, or power boating. Supplementary activities may include fly tying, knot tying, resource management/conservation, water safety, or water rescue/CPR training.

Eligible applicants must be elementary, middle, or high school physical education instructors. Public school instructors must hold a current state physical educator certificate. Private or charter school instructors must be certified or hold a degree within a physical education domain. Grant funds under this initiative are not yet available to higher education institutions. Visit Future Fisherman’s web site at for the complete announcement, funding guidelines and application.

Eligible recipients must be current national members of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) for the length of the grant contract period.  All applicants must be employed by either a public or private school capable of receiving and administering the funds.

“The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division currently supports fishing programs in schools by loaning spin cast rods and reels to physical education instructors for casting or fishing programs in school. We want students to know that fishing is fun," says Doug Darr, Aquatic Education Coordinator for the Division. “The Division offers these loaner rods at no cost to the schools.” For loaner rods and reels or assistance with developing fishing program in school, contact the Division’s Aquatic Education Coordinator, Doug Darr, at 1-800-262-3151, or email