Become a Volunteer Boating Education Instructor

Being a Volunteer Boater Education Instructor

Congratulations on your decision to become a part of such an important program geared to saving lives and providing opportunities for thousands to safely enjoy recreational boating.  Volunteers are connected to their communities and through their efforts, more students can be reached.  Volunteers possess a vast wealth of information which has proven to be invaluable in passing on the knowledge and skills of boating safely. The success of any educational program can be gauged by the dedication of people involved in that program.  By making the decision to become a boating education instructor, you are demonstrating the dedication and commitment to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to cooperatively achieve success in reducing the number of boating incidents, injuries and fatalities on the waterways of our “Sportsmen’s Paradise”!

Boater education plays a vital role in the safety and security of Louisiana citizens who participate in recreational boating and those other activities which utilize Louisiana waterways.  By taking a certified boater education course, participants are acknowledging their responsibility in making Louisiana waterways safer for everyone.  By becoming a boating education instructor, you are accepting a position as someone who will be “looked up” to by students.  Volunteer Instructors must demonstrate a professional demeanor, courteous, respectful, good communicator, people oriented, dedicated, motivated and someone who believes in the importance of education.  Students will look to you as an example of a safe and knowledgeable boater as well a role model to pattern behavior.  This role puts a great responsibility on you to be an ethical, knowledgeable, and positive influence on future boaters.

Through countless hours of volunteers teaching, thousands of students are taught the lessons of choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal and equipment requirements, navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Also, the program teaches responsibility, safe boating practices, courtesy, survival, laws/regulations, handling boating emergencies, and much more.  The department is dedicated to developing a safe, educated, courteous and knowledgeable boating public and assumes, as an instructor, you are dedicated to the same goals.

LDWF/LED thanks you for your decision to become such an integral part of the boating education program and part of the team that makes a difference!

Application Process

Procedures for becoming a boating education instructor:
1. Applicant must meet the following minimum qualifications:
          a.   Be at least 18 years of age.
          b.   Pass a background check.  An applicant who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or a felony, or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by the State and Federal laws is granted.  Conviction of other types of misdemeanors or boating safety violations will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the boating law administrator and may or may not be reason for disqualification.
          c.   Have successfully completed a National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course.
          d.   Be willing to complete an instructor certification course and/or co-teach with a tenured Boating Education Instructor.
          e.   Fill out the application by clicking here.  All information provided must be complete and accurate.  Submission of this form does not guarantee approval of a volunteer position.  LDWF/LED reserves the right to remove volunteers from the program at any time.  LDWF/LED will offer training, so no experience is required.

2. Applicant submits the application to the LDWF/LED Boating Education Coordinator via mail or email for review. 

          a.     Applications may be emailed to the following address:
          b.     Applications may be mailed to the following address: 
                                Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division
                               Boating Education
                                P.O. Box 98000                         
                                Baton Rouge, LA  70898

If an application is approved, the applicant will be notified to attend the next instructor certification course available and/or co-teach with a tenured instructor.

3. Upon successful completion of the instructor certification course and/or co-teach with a tenured instructor, the applicant is certified as a boating education instructor, given a logon I.D. to begin scheduling courses and may begin teaching.