BOATING EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH L.D.W.F. ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

Release Date: 01/23/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is committed to making Louisiana boaters safe, knowledgeable and responsible.  LDWF's Enforcement Division is currently offering a one-day Boating Education Instructor Certification Course to persons interested in becoming certified boating education instructors.  Organizations or governmental agencies with public safety responsibilities can request courses for groups or staff members.


All persons born after Jan. 1, 1988, must successfully complete a boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) prior to operating a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of 10 horsepower.


In December, LDWF certified deputies from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office. Participants in the one-day course received instruction on presentation techniques, organization of topics, NASBLA standards, policy and procedure and details of the "Boat Louisiana" course. The deputies are now certified to schedule and teach boating education in their communities.


"We're interested in expanding this program to other qualified volunteers, civilians and public servants," said Lt. Col. Brian Spillman. "The instructors we certify assist the department in its mission to create a safe and enjoyable boating environment on Louisiana's waterways."


Anyone interested in becoming a boating education certified instructor will be required to submit an application and pass a criminal background check. Applicants must have already successfully completed a U.S. Coast Guard or NASBLA-approved boating education course.


For more information on becoming a certified boat education instructor, contact Sgt. Rachel M. Zechenelly at LDWF's Baton Rouge Headquarters, rzechenelly@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2984.


For more information, contact Rachel Zechenelly at 225-765-2984 or rzechenelly@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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