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LDWF hosting free workshop for adults interested in becoming youth fishing instructors

John Kinabrew, an LDWF aquatic volunteer instructor teaches kids the basics of casting and knot tying at Lake Pontchartrain. (Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

A new year brings new opportunities with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) fishing programs.

LDWF is hosting a free workshop for adults interested in teaching children about fishing and the outdoors. 

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With respect to social distancing and sanitizing, workshops will be led by LDWF biologists and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about fishing and other fishery-related topics. 

The program is called the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshop, or Aquatic VIP, and the workshops will be held throughout the state from January through March 2021.

Become A Youth Fishing Instructor

LDWF biologists train volunteers on how to teach Louisiana’s youth about fishing. The goal is to increase fishing participation across Louisiana.

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The Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshop is perfect for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who is passionate about fishing and the outdoors!

Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, fish identification, fisheries management, and more.

Courtesy: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

All attendees will be provided with lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as additional educational materials.

After completing the five-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others.

For example, the LDWF will let volunteers host their own fishing clinic for children if volunteers don’t have the necessary materials and resources to run one.

The LDWF can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities, and more.

How To Register 

LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshop is scheduled for the following dates at the following locations:

  • Jan. 23, 2021 –  Waddill Wildlife Refuge, 4142 N Flannery Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • Feb. 27, 2021 – East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001 
  • March 13, 2021 – LDWF Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, LA 71485
  • March 20, 2021 – Houma – Site TBD

To sign up online, CLICK HERE

If you cannot make it to this workshop but have a group of people interested in taking this training together, then LDWF can come to your area and set-up a private workshop.

For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program or to set-up your private workshop, contact Heather David at (225) 763-5415 or at

The Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is put on by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.