We’re spreading the Love one boat at a time!

Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California. It’s a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by providing a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea for them to enjoy.

This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and creating memorable experiences.

A variety of details make the participants of a Fish for Life trip feel extra special!

The model for this type of a fishing trip makes kids with special needs feel very comfortable among their peers and very loved by all the volunteers.

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride”.

Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing!

If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!

  • Introductions

    Each child is introduced and invited to walk down the red carpet.

  • Team Leaders Assigned

    Kids are assigned to a Fishing Team Leader who will help them throughout the day.

  • Documenting the Trip

    Each trip includes 1-2 volunteer photographers capturing great shots of all the action.

  • Awards Ceremony

    Trophies are awarded to each child one at a time by their Fishing Team Leader.


We roll out the red carpet, literally. Before each child boards the boat, they will be introduced with a brief bio that they supply prior to the trip. The child and parent will walk (or roll if in a wheelchair) down the boat ramp on a red carpet wearing their new Fishing for Life T-Shirt as they are greeted by the Crew, Fishing Team Leaders and food servers who make them feel very welcomed.


Once aboard, the kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader,” who is an experienced and loving fisherman, and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Captain will announce the voyage destination and the First Mate will explain how to use the issued fishing equipment, teach fishing techniques and display how to use the bait selection available. He will also describe fish common to the area, and a variety of tips helpful to increase the odds of catching fish.

In addition to a complimentary lunch, volunteer young adults also serve appetizers throughout the trip to make our guests feel extra special. 

Upon returning to the docks, the crew will clean all fish caught that will then be ready for the frying pan!


Before we dock, trophies are awarded to each child one at a time by their respective Fishing Team Leader who will acknowledge to the crowd something special they caught and any nice thought to honor them individually.