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NFSP Level 1 Teacher
Qualifications & Responsibilities

NFSP Level 1 Teachers are the ones instructing their students in the outdoor sport of fishing as a regular class during the normal school day.

L1 Qualifications - general

Individuals wishing to become NFSP Level 1 Teachers have these characteristic qualifications:

  1. They are usually employed by a school.  Most are PE teachers, but with the cross-curricular possibilities afforded by the NFSP curriculum, any teacher may choose to become certified.

  2. They have a genuine desire to teach young people about the outdoors, and have the patience, understanding and wisdom to pass along knowledge and skills in a constructive, effective manner.

  3. Their previous fishing experience may run from "none" to "lots."

  4. They are willing to learn how the NFSP curriculum is taught and agree to teach teachers in the same way, so that standardized instruction is provided to school students.

Level 1 Teachers applicants, having been trained and certified, assume responsibilities that are best carried by someone with:

  • Willingness to learn skills that may be outside their normal "wheelhouse" (e.g., how to fly fish.)

  • Ability to integrate the "Fishing in Schools" curriculum into their regular school/class schedule.

NFSP Level 1 Teacher responsibilities:

  1. Make application to become an NFSP Level 1 Teacher.

  2. Attend a 2 day Personal Training session or take the NFSP CAST Online Course anytime and pass an examination.

  3. Teach their students:

    1. The 10-Lesson-Plan curriculum that is designed to cover a 2 week period and usually take place in a gymnasium, but also using a classroom.

    2. Make use of a variety of instructional methods: online/internet, video, mobile apps (available for students and teachers)

    3. Manage the "NFSP Curriculum Kit" containing the equipment used in course instruction.

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