Have you ever wanted a day on a beautiful lake, in a serene setting to fish with your kids? Or a day as serene as possible that involves children?


Well, look no further. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is holding a Family Fishing Clinic in Aiken County on March 10 at the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center.


Family Fishing Clinics are designed to teach the basics of fishing from knot tying, casting, rigging, how to handle your catch, how to properly use live bait and fishing time to those who have never learned to fish or those who might need a refresher.


“We hope that these clinics will introduce young and old to fishing,” said Lorianne Riggin, aquatic education coordinator for DNR. “The minimum age to participate in a clinic is 4, and we’ve had participants as old as 90 before.”


The Camp Gravatt Clinic will be taught by a certified DNR fishing instructor, Thomas Coleman, Riggin said. Coleman knows the lakes and land of Gravatt as well as anyone, as he has worked (and fished) there for years and is the program director.


Available slots for clinics vary on the instructor or clinic site’s capacity, according to Riggin, and slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


“The course can take anywhere from two to three hours based on what the instructor would like to do, but the minimum clinic is at least two hours,” Riggin said.


The Family Fishing Clinics are one of many on-going aquatic education programs that the DNR coordinates. For information on all the programs or to sign up for the clinic to be held at Gravatt, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed.