The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants residents to be safe while enjoying the upcoming boating season.
LDWF will be providing eight free boating education courses to boaters across the state before boating season begins.
Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course is made possible through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
The courses inform and motivate boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boating knowledge or skills-based education course.
“Spring Aboard week is the perfect reminder and opportunity for anyone that needs to get boating certified before the spring and summer boating seasons,” said Major Rachel Zechenelly, Louisiana’s state boating law administrator.
“The classes are free of charge and bring valuable boating safety information for every boating student regardless of experience level.”
Residents of the Greater Baton Rouge Area can take a course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Cabela’s in Gonzales and Academy Sports and Outdoors in Hammond.
The free courses will be also offered across the state between March 17 and March 23.
Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower. To register for an LDWF boating education course please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.
Over 100,000 boaters have been certified since LDWF implemented Louisiana’s safe boating education program in 2003.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.