Recreational Activities


SPECIAL DAY FOUNDATION – A non-profit Organization in Florida
Providing Recreational Fishing-Boating Program


GIVING CARE, LOVE, AND FUN

Recreational Fishing Program


Special Day Foundation provides recreational fishing and boating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This allows them to enjoy the physical, therapeutic, and social value of nature-based activities. Our Recreational Fishing Program helps participants take a break from the stresses of daily life. It also gives them the opportunity to connect with the sights, sounds, and relaxation that comes from being outdoors.

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EXCITING ADVENTURES AT NO COST!

The Benefits Of Outdoor Activities


Many participants will get to experience the thrill of casting a line, catching fish, or riding the waves on a boat – perhaps for the first time in their lives. In addition to fishing opportunities, the program also features boat tours. During these adventures, participants will enjoy the natural inland and coastal waterways of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Special needs adults and children, along with their family members and/or caregivers, are sure to enjoy this exhilarating and rewarding experience.

There’s no cost for participants and their families/caregivers to participate in our recreational fishing trips. This is possible thanks to our individual donors, foundation support, and dedicated staff.

GET PREPARED

Planning Your
Trip


Fishing/boating trips are conducted year-round and are available seven days a week to accommodate working families. Most outings are scheduled during the morning and last four hours or less. It’s also necessary to schedule your trip ahead of time. Each trip may consist of up to five people, with at least one being a special needs participant.

Family members/caregivers are responsible for bringing any medical equipment, medication, and supplies required for the care of the special needs participant. Please also be sure to bring any food or drink items required for the special needs person and the rest of your group during the duration of the trip.

It’s a good idea to have plenty of water, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Boating Safety


The Captain is responsible for the operation of the boat and will assist with fishing equipment, as needed. It’s important for all participants to follow the Captain’s safety directives, including using life vests when instructed.

Special Day Foundation provides all fishing equipment, licenses, and bait. 

Please join us as we provide a fun, safe, and adventurous Special Day for the special needs person in your life! To schedule a fishing/boating trip, contact us at 941-225-3103 or email info@specialdayfoundation.org

Complete Your Application Online

Fishing Program Locations


The Main Pickup location is the Boat Dock at Bradenton Beach Marina unless otherwise specified during booking by boat captain:
402 Church St. N., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217


The Alternative Pickup location is the Centennial Park in Sarasota:
1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

BRADENTON BEACH MARINA (Main Pickup location)

CENTENNIAL PARK and BOAT RAMP (Alternative Location)

Adapted Fishing Application:

Adapted Fishing Program Participant Information
Participant's Name
Participant's Address
Contact Name
Has the participant ever had a convulsion, seizure, or fainting spell?
Is the participant on seizure medication?
Dose the participant receive other medications?
Does the participant have a PICA diagnosis?
Does the participant have any behavioral concerns?
Does the participant have bowel/bladder control?
Does the participant have any allergies?
Is the participant ambulatory?
Does the participant require a wheelchair for mobility?
Does the participant require any adaptive equipment for daily living?
What is the participant's means of communication?
Does the participant possess any Safety Awareness?
Is the participant Hearing or Vision Impaired?
Does the participant have Sensory Awareness - Tactile Stimulation (touch)?
a. allows contact with others/objects:
b. responds positively to contact with others objects:
Ability to independently grasp and hold large objects?
Ability to independently grasp small objects?
Participation in Special Day Foundation's fishing program is voluntary. Each participant must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for his or her care for the duration of the trip in order to participate. All safety instructions from the Captain or SDF staff must be followed at all times while on the boat/trip.
Name of person completing form:
ESIGN Disclosure
Section 101 of the ESIGN Act, sub-section (b), preserves the rights of individuals to NOT USE electronic signatures. Here the law provides that individuals reserve the right to use a paper signature. Sub-section (c) is in direct support of (b) by requiring a “Consumer Disclosure” that the signatory has consented to use an electronic format.
eSignature

Consent to Release Photo/ Image

During the participation in any Special Day Foundation (SDF) programs or events, your (or your child's) image/photograph or work may be used in one of the following ways:
  • Using in promotional materials for SDF programs and events
  • Using in commercials, infomercials, or public-service announcements with SDF
  • Used in printed publication , such as newspaper or newsletter with SDF
  • Used for SDF website updates and testimonials
Your permission grants us approval to publicize without prior notification and remains in effect until revoked. This permission is for Special Day Foundation only, and cannot be used for any other purpose outside of Special Day Foundation , without consent.
to be used as described above.
I / We
to release this into the public domain and understand that no monetary compensation will be given for the use of the materials.
Parent / Guardian Name:
ESIGN Disclosure
Section 101 of the ESIGN Act, sub-section (b), preserves the rights of individuals to NOT USE electronic signatures. Here the law provides that individuals reserve the right to use a paper signature. Sub-section (c) is in direct support of (b) by requiring a “Consumer Disclosure” that the signatory has consented to use an electronic format.
eSignature
Parent/Guardian Address