Mackerel Fishing for Schools

What does a mackerel fishing trip for schools entail?

Enjoy a mackerel fishing boat trip in Swanage Bay as part of an adventure activity school trip in Dorset. Fishing can be included in our bespoke activity programmes from both the Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre and our coastal tented villages.

Boat fishing is a fantastic activity for school and youth groups to try during their trip to the South coast. Not only will young people have the opportunity to learn a new and useful skill, but they will experience the beauty of our coastline from a unique perspective.

School residential group mackerel fishing off the Dorset coast

During the mackerel fishing trip students will learn how to use a fishing rod and line and safely unhook fish. They will receive expert guidance and assistance from the onboard skipper and crew, who will ensure they successfully master the technique and know how to use all equipment needed. Young people will be taught water safety and the importance of sustainability.

Within the fishing sessions we like to foster friendly competition. Who can catch the most? Who can catch the biggest fish? Will you be lucky enough to take some to camp for dinner?

Tray of fresh caught mackerel being cooked at camp for supper

Learning outcomes

Our fishing trips are great fun and an enjoyable experience for students to try as part of our school and youth residential school trips. During the mackerel fishing sessions students will learn a variety of new skills and enhance their knowledge on issues surrounding sustainability and environmental awareness. We sometimes find that this introduction to fishing is the start of a new found hobby!

Environmental awareness

For our mackerel fishing boat trips we team up with local charter boats in Swanage. The skippers have excellent knowledge of local marine life and help educate participants during the trip. Students will learn about the coastal environment as well the different species that inhabit our local waters.


Our mackerel fishing trips teach students the importance of eating local and knowing where your food is from. If successful we always keep what we catch and cook it up for dinner when back at camp. This helps young people lear

Interpersonal skills & confidence

With a boat full of eager students, we often witness students brimming with pride when they catch the first fish. This is a huge confidence boost that often encourages quieter students to pass on hints and tips to help others in the group who may not have caught as much.


Patience is a skill that is definitely required for fishing, whether that be from a boat or from the shore. Young people will be required to wait and concentrate as they try and catch their dinner!