Introduction to Muskie Fishing in Arnprior, ON
Soldier On, will be hosting an Introduction to Muskie Fishing event in Arnprior, ON. This will be a one-day event held on the 2nd of October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Muskie Canada Inc. (MCI) volunteers will support the event.
This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
This activity will introduce local Soldier On members to the skills and equipment utilized to successfully catch muskie while respecting the environment and Canadian Fishing Standards. Hosted by MCI, participants will spend the day learning the equipment and fishing techniques with volunteer fishing guides.
Soldier On members residing within two hours of Arnprior, ON will meet at the Arnprior Boat Ramp. The day will commence with a short introduction to Muskie fishing and equipment including boat and water safety before embarking on a full day of fishing. The MCI volunteers will provide the boats and all of the necessary fishing and safety equipment.
Members will be guided and instructed by Muskies Canada Inc
- Participants will be on the water throughout.
- Weather conditions at this time of year fluctuate and therefore participants should be equipped with the appropriate warm and wet weather clothing.
- Members may get wet as wind, rain and boat splash may occur.
- Sturdy footwear is required so no sandals or flip flops are permitted.
The event will occur regardless of weather conditions with the exception of thunderstorms or high winds.
*No transportation, accommodations or funds will be provided to the members. The only meal to be provided is the MCI BBQ as hosted by MCI.
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 12.
Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the Kingston, ON region who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
- Participants must be able to tolerate several hours of moderate paced activities.
- Applicants must have a limited requirement to rest throughout the event.
- Participants must be capable of riding in a boat, and standing or sitting in order to fish.
- Fishing will require participants to extensively use their arms and shoulders to reel in the fish.
- Muskie are ferocious fighters and can be large.
- The activity will involve some bouncing and jarring.
- Participants will be required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) throughout.
- Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:
- Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
- Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
- Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
- Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
- Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
- Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
- Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.
Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:
- Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
- Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
- Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
- Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
- Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
- Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.