In this marine lab classroom-based program, our students use microscopes to examine micro-organisms from live rock, test water samples and study tidal currents. Guided by Florida Fishing Academy instructors, they dissect a fish, squid or other marine life. They examine the biological composition of a fish’s eyeballs, gills, scales, bones and vertebrae, which can be useful in identifying not only the species but also the age of a fish. They explore a working model of Florida’s watershed and the effects of pollution and how it relates to the marine-life food chain. They explore the local marine habitat and study Florida’s oceans wonders. Each class also receives a strong dose of instruction on character-building, family-bonding, leadership opportunities and other life lessons.