Outdoor education beneficial to CHS students, TV's 'Inshore Angler' says

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Capt. Daniel Pike of Inshore Angler speaks to Crestview High School's outdoor education class on Tuesday morning.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 16:18 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Teaching teenagers to appreciate the outdoors may help them cultivate constructive hobbies and stay out of trouble, Capt. Daniel Pike, TV's "Inshore Angler," said Tuesday.

"A rod in your hand— unless you're hunting — is better than a gun," he said to Ernie Martin's outdoor education class at Crestview High School.

And knowing how to fish and boat properly take focus in Martin's classroom.

The state requires boaters — particularly those operating 10-plus horsepower vessels — to carry a boater education identification card after completing a certified boating safety course.

Over the years, more than 500 CHS outdoor education students reportedly have received boat safety certification as part of the course.

Wilbur Hugli, a United States Power Squadrons officer, assists with student certification through the nonprofit organization that aims to make boating safer. The course teaches boating laws and regulations, the use of safety equipment and navigation techniques. Students also learn what to do when a boat capsizes, a passenger goes overboard or how to handle emergency radio calls.

"Out of all of those kids, if only one life was saved, it would have been worth it," Martin said of the class.



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