Capt. Mike Parker is a 30+yr.Destin Fisherman and Charter boat Captain. He owned and operated the charter boat Silver King in Destin for over 20 years. The Silver King is nowowned & operatedby Capt. Alex Hare who started fishing with Capt. Mike when he was 12 years old!
Capt. Mike’s vision to help raise up a new generation of Captains and Deckhands has come to fruition at Destin High School with aFishingClass as aCareerElective covering salt and fresh water fishing, boating, and the marine industry.
First and second year classesare designed to cover Destin’s Fishing History,FloridaFish & Wildlife Regulations with all the different species including Sharks and how to catch them. They also learndifferent fishing and rope knots & learnCPR. Additionally field trips and fishing trips add to the hands–on learning experience.
Thirdand fourthyearsemestersof learning will include apprenticeshipsand intern programs. These programs will provide hands on training fromseveraldifferent Destin Charter boat Captains that will help train them in the charter boat fishing industry. Deck training for all types of fishing, electronics,engine&boat maintenance andmore will be taught.AlsoLegendary Marine and Todd Royall will be working hand in hand with the students providing training with outboard motors, boat detailing, canvasing, fiber glassing, boat sales, and financing and marketing for starting a business.
There areDestinCaptains in the sailing boat industry who are also willing to work with students who have an interest in this field.
If you want to learn more about fishing, boating, and the marine industry and possibly want to enter this field as a career, this is a great opportunity for a young high school student.