This program is a National Flats Fishing Guides Certification training that meets the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs requirements to obtain a fly fishing guide license.
It is designed to train participants to become flats fishing guides and prepare them for sustainable work within the industry. Participants will have both virtual theoretical and in-person practical application. For the more experienced guides their knowledge of the marine environment, business and marketing will be broadened. The program has a strong science component where students gain an understanding of fish biology and behavior and marine environment and conservation.
Within the program, students have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and obtain additional certifications such as: Bahama Host, Captain's License- Class "B" and STCW Training.
Depending on your skill level and experience within the industry, additional training will be required and offered through a mandatory internship period.
VIRTUAL THEORY CLASS SESSIONS will run for one month starting January 2023.
Other sessions include:
- FISH BIOLOGY AND BAHAVIOR
- MARINE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
- BUSINESS AND COMPUTER SKILLS
- BASIC MARKETING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- and much more!
IN-PERSON PRACTICAL TRAINING will be conducted on the BAMSI North Andros Campus and environs for one month starting February 2023. Health and Safety Protocols will be strictly enforced.
Other activities include:
- CASTING AND POLLING TECHNIQUES
- FLY TYING
- CONSERVATION METHODS AND PRACTICES
- BASIC BOAT MAINTENANCE
- and much more!
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM:
- BAHAMA HOST CERTIFICATE
- MASTER'S LICENSE - B CLASS
- Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeepers for Seafarers (STCW) Certification
ENDORSED BY THE BAHAMAS MINISTRIES OF:
- AGRICULTURE, MARINE RESOURCES AND FAMILY ISLAND AFFAIRS
- TOURISM, INVESTMENTS AND AVIATION
- There are 13 skills and proficiency-based modules for this program
- One month online Theory: Starts January 2023
- One Month In-person Practical: Starts February 2023
- One year Internship(for those who are new to the field and will require additional real time industry experience and training.)
Internship students will be under the supervision of an experienced, qualified guide on their island.
This price is non refundable, non transferable and includes tuition, course materials and the following fees:
administrative, practical, field trips, technology, library, academic resources, internship placement, external testing and license applications and fees.
The fee does not include accommodations. Those requiring the same can contact email@example.com for a listing of available options.
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Do you already have valid certifications/licenses as those listed above? Please submit to admissions and consideration will be made on your final pricing.
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The Flats Fishing Youth Launch Scholarship
The Flats Fishing Youth Launch Scholarship is an exciting new program designed to empower and enable eligible youth to achieve their passion and purpose within the industry.
The scholarship will fund eight (8) students in the amount of three thousand dollars ($3,000) each, as a one-time contribution to their success in the Flats Fishing Guide Training program
Applicants must be:
A Bahamian citizen
Between the ages of 18 to 25 years
Enrolled in the Flats Fishing Program
in financial need and express a keen interest in the discipline
Deadline for Applications for the 2023 scholarship cycle will be December 12th 2022 at 12 noon. Recipients will be notified by December 15th 2022.
Funds are applied directly to the recipient’s BAMSI student account to help defray program cost. Funds are not sent to student’s personal bank account.
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