Intro to Cod Fishing NL

Soldier On will be hosting an Introduction to COD Fishing event in St. Johns, Newfoundland. This will be a one-day event held on Friday, 5 August 2022 from 0900-1300 hrs. The event will be hosted by Quidi Vidi Charters

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 to successfully catch COD while respecting the environment and Canadian Fishing Standards. 
Hosted by Quidi Vidi Charters, participants will spend the morning fishing and head back to the wharf to learn to clean and gut a fish and eat it right on the wharf.

Soldier On Members residing within 2 hours of St. Johns NL, will meet at the Quidi Vidi Charters Boat ramp.  The day will commence with a short introduction to the equipment, including boat and water safety. Then talking about COD fishing and local history of Quidi Vidi as we head out through the gut passing Signal Hill, Cabot and The Narrows. Try our hand at fishing.
Members will be guided and instructed by Captain Kevin Battcock and Captain Noel Browne (Jnr).

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 12.
Minimum eligibility criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) within two hours drive from St John’s NL 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.
Serving Members:
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants must be able to tolerate 3 hours of moderate paced activities. Applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.
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 jig the fish. 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. 
No accommodations or travel is approved for this event.

Deadline for Nomination Forms. 
Must be received by Soldier On NLT Monday, 11 July 2022.
Click here to fill out your expression of interest.


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.


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