164 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at eight 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.

The eight locations consisted of:

Bossier Parish

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter of Bossier City, H&W Marine of Bossier City and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Ouachita Parish

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

St. Landry Parish

St. Landry Lumber

Sponsors: Raising Canes of Opelousas, Acadiana Outfitters of Iberia, Walmart of Eunice and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish

Lake Charles Civic Center

Sponsors: Calcasieu Chapter Whitetails Unlimited.

Lafourche Parish

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range

Sponsors: Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Kief's Hardware Inc. of Cutoff.

Ascension Parish


Sponsors: Cabela’s and Louisiana Waterway Safety Inc.

St. Tammany Parish

Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library

Sponsors: Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

For more information on boating regulations and safety, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.  For more information on boating education courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 50,000 boaters during that time.

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