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

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

Having safety knowledge particularly is beneficial in the Sunshine State, which has the most boating fatalities in the country, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Seven people per 100,000 registered vessels died here in boating incidents in 2011, the latest year for available data.

Alcohol use and equipment failure are among the top causes of boating accidents, the commission reports. Other factors include inclement weather and carelessness.

More schools should feature outdoor education so kids can know the facts, said Pike, owner of a Destin-based guided-fishing tour company.

That hope would grow increasingly likely if other schools' students share as much interest in the program as Crestview High has.

Martin, who also assists the football team and is the track team's head coach, said his class has grown since it began 12 years ago.

"We had to turn away 150 (students) this year," he said, adding he hopes to get those students into future classes.

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