Boating

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

Time: 8am-430pm.
Call (225)765-2999 to pre-register.

Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Address: 

Denham Springs Bingo Hall
2813 Florida Blvd.
Denham Springs, LA. 70726

City: 
Denham Springs
Notes: 

Time: 8am-430pm.
Call (225)765-2999 to pre-register.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Address: 

Bayou Land Bows
518 Albertsons Pkwy.
Broussard, LA

City: 
Broussard
Notes: 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 8 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Address: 

St Charles East Bank Library
160 West Campus Drive
Destrahan 70047

City: 
Destrehan
Notes: 

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Region 6 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Saturday, June 13, 2015
Address: 

Bayou Vista Community Center
1333 Belleview Drive
Morgan City, LA 70380

City: 
Bayou Vista, La
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class will be on two separate days.

Region 6 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Address: 

American Legion Hall
LA 70
Pierre Part, LA 70339

City: 
Pierre Part
Notes: 

8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. LA 70 (across from Pierre Part Primary School)

No Registration Necessary

Body of Central Man Recovered from Bayou Pigeon

Release Date: 12/22/2013

Search and rescue personnel from four different agencies and volunteers located the body of a Central man this morning, Dec. 22, in Bayou Pigeon in Iberia Parish.

Rescue personnel from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office along with countless volunteers found the body of Brent J. LeBlanc, 37, this morning around 8:30 a.m.

Rescuers received a call around 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 about a surface drive vessel floating in Bayou Pigeon about a mile southwest from the Bayou Pigeon landing.  LDWF agents and Sheriff Office deputies searched into the night until severe weather made them call off the search for the night.  They resumed the search at first light this morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  It is unknown at this time how LeBlanc got ejected from the vessel.  Investigators do not suspect alcohol was a factor at this time.  LeBlanc was found without a personal flotation device.

LeBlanc’s body was turned over to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 226-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Region 6 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Address: 

Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office
Rifle Range
Savanne Rd.
Houma, LA 70360

City: 
Houma
Notes: 

Class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register please call 985-447-0821.

This class is part of LDWF's Boating Safety Lagniappe Day and includes door prizes, food and drinks.

Louisiana Officer Receives NASBLA President’s Award

Release Date: 10/10/2013

NASBLA President Toby Velasquez and LDWF Capt. Spencer Cole

During its 54th annual conference, held in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 14-18, 2013, Toby Velasquez, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), presented a President’s Award to Capt. Spencer Cole with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for his inspiring leadership of the organization’s Preparedness & Response Committee.

At the end of his/her term, the NASBLA President selects individuals to honor with this special recognition for their contributions during the past year to boating safety and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Under Capt. Cole’s leadership, the Preparedness & Response Committee has delivered exceptional value to NASBLA, always aware of the financial impact.  When appropriate, Capt. Cole deferred actual committee meetings in favor of a far more cost-effective virtual meeting, allowing the committee to remain productive and proactive.  Those cost savings leveraged limited resources and afforded his committee the opportunities to participate on a national stage in Washington when needed most.

“The Preparedness & Response Committee has been instrumental in several of NASBLA’s finest moments with regards to safety and security. Preparedness comes in many forms and this committee has played an important role in shaping national legislation and policy,” said Velasquez when presenting the award.

A few of the committee’s accomplishments include:

Congressional drafting assistance in the FEMA Port Security Grant Program;
FEMA and USCG accepted narrative within Port Security Grant applications;
Drafting assistance in support of the USCG Re-Authorization, regarding training;
First National Scholarship delivery of the Tactical Operators Course in Washington, D.C.; and
First memorandum of understanding between the USCG and NASBLA on National Training Standards.

Along the way Capt. Cole built new partnerships with NASBLA’s associates and partners from every corner of the maritime community. His committee has kept stakeholders informed of funding and training opportunities.

“We look upon Capt. Cole as a valued committee chair, always prepared and articulate in his delivery, a model for future NASBLA committee chairs to emulate,” added Velasquez.

About NASBLA

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters. To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit http://www.nasbla.org.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465 or NASBLA at 859-225-9487.

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