We're thrilled to now offer free Let's Fish! sessions as part of our school trips at selected locations.
Let's Fish! is an initiative run by the Canal & River Trust aiming to get people in to fishing. Fishing is a great way to be active outdoors and connect to nature and the environment. It's also an ideal way to study the species that live within our waterways and learn what the Canal & River Trust is doing to look after them.
The learning outcomes for children are valuable and far reaching:
Living things and their habitats, food chains, plastics and environmental awareness, life cycles.
Currently, we can offer Let's Fish! sessions at the following educational sites:
Nothing! Let's Fish! is free for schools and groups.
All the necessary fishing equipment is provided. Participants just need suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
Unfortunately, not all locations are yet suitable for Let's Fish! sessions for various reasons, include space and safety. We will do our best to accommodate opportunities where we feel we can offer participants a worthwhile experience.
All Let’s Fish! sessions are led by a qualified and licensed Level 2 angling coach. Level 2 coaches are required to be registered with Angling Trust or Angling Cymru (who are the national governing body for fishing in England & Wales respectively). Licenced level 2 coaches carry full liability insurance, have safeguarding qualifications and DBS certificates and an up to date first aid qualification. All our licensed level one coaches are DBS checked.
We operate a 2:1 pupil to coach ratio. We do not believe that higher ratios than this are appropriate for optimal learning.
Yes, all attendees receive an attendance certificate (from May 2019) on the day.
The majority of Let's Fish events are held during the period from April through to the end of the October half term week. These are the months that are typically most suitable for outdoor activity and when fish are relatively easy to catch. We are happy to discuss events outside of this period on request.
Yes, we aim to hold follow up events in as many areas of the network as resources currently permit. Our current Let’s Fish programme is listed here.
Several of our customer clubs hold ongoing participation events including classroom sessions in the colder winter months
Yes, Let’s Fish! is open to people of all ages.
Whilst there is no lower age limit, experience shows that pupils aged between around the ages of 6 and 13 gain most from participation at Let’s Fish events.
At some locations we are able to offer the CAST awards working in partnership with local angling clubs. We also can facilitate teachers obtaining angling coaching qualifications. For more information, send us an email.
Yes, the Trust run the national cadet, (8 to 9 years) junior, (10 to 15 years) and youth (16 to 18 years) championships annually. The 2019 event is being held on the Shropshire Union Canal on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border. There is more information here.
As a charity we do more than just care for 2,000 miles of waterways, we help local people and communities take advantage of the wellbeing benefits of being by water. We couldn't provide our fantastic Let's Fish! events without valuable funding from the Peoples' Postcode Lottery, Environment Agency, Angling Trust and other local groups such as Nenescape. But your donations make a big difference too.