Frequently Asked Questions

Is Armchair Anglers, Inc. a legitimate charity?

Yes - Armchair Anglers, Inc. was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service functioning as a charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Donations to the organization are deductible as charitable contributions. We are registered in the State of Florida and our EIN number is 26-3143940.

Am I eligible and what is the cost?

You are eligible if you have a special need or disability. All ages are welcome and no boating experience is necessary.

There is no cost. Donations are always accepted and appreciated.

What percentage of my donation goes directly to provide boating trips to the community?

We are an all volunteer operation. Donations go directly to
trip costs, boat expenses and spreading the word. 
As additional services are added donations may go towards
purchase of other accessible equipment or new trips.

I’d like to get more involved, how can I help?

 Armchair Anglers is always looking for- 

Partners in the social service and nonprofit industries.
Volunteers including other boat owners, captains, and fishing guides to help us with our mission.  
Company and individual sponsors in our community. 
Legacy gifts in honor of your loved ones or special needs.
Hosts for fundraisers and special event planning.
Monthly givers to join our Armchair Team.
One time donations any amount.

Have some suggestions or other ideas for us?
We'd love to hear from you- please contact us below. 

What's the catch? How can you provide this for free?

We are volunteering our boat, time, and resources - the only catch is hopefully a fish but not guaranteed! :)
Armchair Anglers Wheelchair Accessible Boating

How do I go about setting up a boat outing?

You can fill out our Sign Up form, or reach us at 561-715-5323, or email us with your requested date, times, number of people attending and more!

Where do we get picked up/dropped off?

Pick up and drop off location is at the Carl E. Johnson
/Lover's Key Boat Ramp-8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 . (Click here for map.)

There is plenty of car/van parking available at no fee.

How long is the boat ride?

Our boat trips are approximately 2-3 hours but we will be flexible to accommodate your needs.
Please note there are no bathroom facilities on the boat. There is a public restroom at the boat ramp to use before or after your trip so please plan accordingly.

Are there other accessible activities near by for us before or after our boat ride?

Lover's Key State Park is across the street to the boat ramp and offers Accessible Amenities according to their website that include:
Trams to the beach. Elevated boardwalks to the beach.
Beach wheelchairs are available for free. Inquire at the ranger station.
Trail wheelchairs are available for free. Good for use on trails or the beach. Inquire at the ranger station.
Lovers Key Adventures offers food and equipment rentals.
Picnic facilities with tables and grills.Parking.Restrooms.
Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.

What do we need to bring on the boat?

You should plan on bringing with you the following items: sunblock, sun glasses, a hat, towel, non slip shoes, a bag for collecting any shells if applicable to your outing, and any special food/meds that you may need during the charter.
Please note we have adult life jackets but we do not provide infant, toddler, or child life jackets if applicable please bring your own for any children attending.
We will supply water and light snacks. There is some shade on the boat under the bimini topper. 

Do we need a fishing license?

YES! If you want to go fishing you will need to obtain a Florida Fishing License. You can get information on FWC website or you can purchase a license at any Walmart that has a Sports & Outdoors section. Click here for a list of Walmart stores in the SW Florida area.
If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
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