Boating

Become a Volunteer Boating Education Instructor

Being a Volunteer Boater Education Instructor

Congratulations on your decision to become a part of such an important program geared to saving lives and providing opportunities for thousands to safely enjoy recreational boating.  Volunteers are connected to their communities and through their efforts, more students can be reached.  Volunteers possess a vast wealth of information which has proven to be invaluable in passing on the knowledge and skills of boating safely. The success of any educational program can be gauged by the dedication of people involved in that program.  By making the decision to become a boating education instructor, you are demonstrating the dedication and commitment to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to cooperatively achieve success in reducing the number of boating incidents, injuries and fatalities on the waterways of our “Sportsmen’s Paradise”!

Boater education plays a vital role in the safety and security of Louisiana citizens who participate in recreational boating and those other activities which utilize Louisiana waterways.  By taking a certified boater education course, participants are acknowledging their responsibility in making Louisiana waterways safer for everyone.  By becoming a boating education instructor, you are accepting a position as someone who will be “looked up” to by students.  Volunteer Instructors must demonstrate a professional demeanor, courteous, respectful, good communicator, people oriented, dedicated, motivated and someone who believes in the importance of education.  Students will look to you as an example of a safe and knowledgeable boater as well a role model to pattern behavior.  This role puts a great responsibility on you to be an ethical, knowledgeable, and positive influence on future boaters.

Through countless hours of volunteers teaching, thousands of students are taught the lessons of choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal and equipment requirements, navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Also, the program teaches responsibility, safe boating practices, courtesy, survival, laws/regulations, handling boating emergencies, and much more.  The department is dedicated to developing a safe, educated, courteous and knowledgeable boating public and assumes, as an instructor, you are dedicated to the same goals.

LDWF/LED thanks you for your decision to become such an integral part of the boating education program and part of the team that makes a difference!

Application Process

Procedures for becoming a boating education instructor:
     
1. Applicant must meet the following minimum qualifications:
          a.   Be at least 18 years of age.
          b.   Pass a background check.  An applicant who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony, or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by the State and Federal laws is granted.  Conviction of other types of misdemeanors or boating safety violations will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the boating law administrator and may or may not be reason for disqualification.
          c.   Have successfully completed a National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course.
          d.   Be willing to complete an instructor certification course and/or co-teach with a tenured Boating Education Instructor.
          e.   Fill out the application by clicking here.  All information provided must be complete and accurate.  Submission of this form does not guarantee approval of a volunteer position.  LDWF/LED reserves the right to remove volunteers from the program at any time.  LDWF/LED will offer training, so no experience is required.

2. Applicant submits the application to the LDWF/LED Boating Education Coordinator via mail or email for review. 

          a.     Applications may be emailed to the following address:
                    boated@wlf.la.gov
 
          b.     Applications may be mailed to the following address: 
                                Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division
                               Boating Education
                                P.O. Box 98000                         
                                Baton Rouge, LA  70898
                                   

If an application is approved, the applicant will be notified to attend the next instructor certification course available and/or co-teach with a tenured instructor.

3. Upon successful completion of the instructor certification course and/or co-teach with a tenured instructor, the applicant is certified as a boating education instructor, given a logon I.D. to begin scheduling courses and may begin teaching.

179 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 04/26/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 179 boaters statewide after their sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at nine locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

The NASBLA safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Each student received that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

To register for a future boating education class please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register.

Below was the list of class locations for lagniappe day:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Deridder First Baptist Church
2031 Hwy. 171
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

2016 Boating Education Lagniappe Day

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 23 classes.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Deridder First Baptist Church
2031 Hwy. 171
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from Atchafalaya River

Release Date: 11/03/2015

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River on Nov. 3.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) deputies recovered the body of William K. Seal, 56, of Butte La Rose, around 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

Search and rescue teams had been searching for Seal since the boat he was operating was found unmanned around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

According to a Seal acquaintance, Seal was dropped off around 7 a.m. at the Butte La Rose public landing on Oct. 31 for a day of fishing of which Seal never returned.  Seal’s 15 foot vessel was then found by a tugboat operator the next morning and reported to authorities.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Seal’s body was found without a personal flotation device.  His body was turned over to the St. Martin Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF was able to retrieve the vessel for evidence in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Boating Incident in St. Bernard Parish Leaves One Man Dead

Release Date: 10/20/2015

Search and rescue crews responded to a fatal single vessel incident in St. Bernard Parish on Oct. 20.  The boating incident resulted in the death of Ernest Owens, 66, of New Orleans.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and St. Bernard Fire Department were notified around 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 of a boat incident in Daylight Bay.

Search crews were guided to the scene around noon by LDWF and USCG aircraft and found a 64 year old Meraux man in an 18 foot vessel holding onto a non-respondent Owens who was in the water.

According to the survivor the two men were fishing and decided to tie onto the back side of a barge to get out of the wind.  As Owens was attempting to tie onto the barge he fell into the water.  The survivor tried to throw flotation devices to Owens, but the wind kept pushing the flotation devices back towards the vessel.

The survivor was able to get his vessel close to Owens and tie on a line around his wrist to try and keep his head above water.  He was then able to call for help on his phone.

The rescue crews were able to get both men into their vessels and rushed them back to the Serigne Marina where Emergency Medical Services personnel were waiting.  After complaining of chest pains, the survivor was airlifted to the Tulane Hospital in New Orleans.  Owens was pronounced dead at the marina and his body was turned over to the St. Bernard Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time.  An autopsy will be performed on Owens to determine an official cause of death.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for May 2

Release Date: 04/06/2015

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fifth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 2 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information, which can also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-491-2580.
Sponsors include Whitetails Unlimited and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Terrebonne Parish
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
2100 Savanne Road.
Houma, La 60360.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

Ascension Parish
Gonzales Boat Club
13311 Diversion Canal Road
St. Amant, La. 70774
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include the Gonzales Boat Club.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Region 7 Boating Class

Date: 
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Address: 

Tangipahoa Parish
204 NE Central Ave.
Amite, La. 70422

City: 
Amite
Notes: 

Class is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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