Volunteer instructors sought to teach clinics

November 5, 2013 

Volunteer instructors sought to teach clinics

Experienced freshwater anglers are sought by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section to become Certified DNR Fishing Instructors to teach Family Fishing Clinic programs.

The Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of freshwater fishing to the young and old. Participants will learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more! The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Section hopes to accomplish this through the FFCs and a trained set of skilled volunteers.

Volunteers must be willing to attend a training session and undergo a SLED background and driving record check. Once trained, the Certified DNR Fishing Instructors will be expected to host at least two clinics a year for a minimum of 15 participants and no more than 25 participants and turn in the required reporting documents.

The Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Training is set for Jan.25 in West Columbia from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2013/oct17/oct17_family.html.

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information “smart-phone friendly” in time for the peak of hurricane season.

The site can be accessed on a smart phone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for “Lakes and Recreation.”

Duke Energy’s lake information web pages – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Boater safety course offered

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 26-02 offers About Boating Safely Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every third Saturday, except in December.

Cost is $35 for first family member and $10 for each additional family member.

For more information, call 704-576-0821.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email carolinascubaadventure@gmail.com.

Renew S.C. hunting, fishing license

South Carolina hunting and fishing license sales for 2013-2014 are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 866-714-3611 or by visiting dnr.sc.gov.

Residents and nonresidents 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license.

Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License.

Covekeepers meet monthly

The Covekeepers, volunteers who work with Catawba Riverkeepers, meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at T-Bones on the Lake.

The public is invited. For more information or to report water issue concerns, visit catawbariverkeeper.org.

Dive team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and search for missing people.

Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

Marine group meets monthly throughout area

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.

The public is invited.

For more information and meeting location, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.

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