L.D.W.F. REMINDS BOATERS OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind
Louisiana boaters of the new boater education requirement. Act 921, going
into effect on January 1, 2004, requires all persons born after January 1,
1988 to complete a boater education course and carry proof of completion
to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate
the boat if accompanied by someone over 18 who, if required, has completed
A listing of available boater education classes can be found on the LDWF
website at www.wlf.state.la.us, under the "Boating Information" heading.
Online boating classes can also be accessed from this site.
Failure to provide proof of completion of the course when stopped is
classified as a Class I offense. Those cited will have one year to
complete the course and present proof to have the case nullified. If not,
fines may be levied.
With the rise of two-boat collisions recently, this is a step in the right
direction to help promote safer boating, according to LDWF Lt. Colonel
Charlie Clark. Earlier this month, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
Commission also ratified a list of rules of boating that will allow for
better enforcement of safe boating practices.
"We are trying to keep Louisiana waters safe for everyone," said Clark.
"The required education classes and the rules of the road for our
waterways will help greatly."
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Charlie Clark at 225/765-2988
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