Bob Howard, a professional diver, conducts the course.
"Without this training," he points out, "they have little to fall back on to survive on the street. They give up a little to start as an apprentice at $60 to $70 per week, but the big nugget is that they have the potential to earn $15,000 to $20,000 per year clean money."
The first class graduated eight men last April. All arc employed.
Duck hunters won't be too happy with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on the coming season. A study of the Canadian scene reveals:
Mallard production is about the same as last year, which is 10% above the 10-year average.
Pintails are 9% below 1970 and 11% below average.
Redheads are down 6% from 1970, 10% below average.
Canvasbacks are down 15% from last year, 12% below the 10-year average.
Only the blue-winged teal figures showed marked improvement. They are 5% above 1970 and 7% above average.