Aquatic Volunteer Instructors
Volunteering with LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is a great opportunity for anyone interested in sharing their passion for Louisiana’s aquatic resources.
Whether you want to hold your own fishing event, incorporate fisheries science into your classroom, or even assist LDWF at our events, Aquatic VIP will help you prepare. We train aquatic volunteer instructors through a hands-on workshop on topics including knot tying, basic tackle, casting techniques, fish identification, fish anatomy, invasive species, fisheries management, and fishing safety. All workshop participants will have access to activity guides, lesson plans, and other educational resources. (See Upcoming Workshops below.)
As an aquatic volunteer instructor, you will play a critical role in helping LDWF promote fishing in Louisiana. Even if you aren’t a highly experienced angler, you can attend one of our workshops where you’ll learn how to teach about fishing and fisheries science.
How to Become an Aquatic Volunteer Instructor
Complete the online volunteer application and mark which workshop you’d like to attend. We’ll contact you with more information after we have reviewed your application. Please note that all applicants must pass a criminal background check after completing the workshop. Once you’ve been confirmed for a workshop, you’ll receive instructions to reserve your spot by making a reimbursable online deposit through the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
Upon completion of the workshop, your online deposit will be reimbursed. Your registration fee will be donated to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation if you do not show up for the workshop without prior notification.
Upcoming Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshops
Our 2020 Aquatic VIP workshops are:
- Saturday, March 21 in Baton Rouge – canceled due to COVID-19
- Wednesday, April 15 in New Orleans – canceled due to COVID-19
- Wednesday, July 8 Virtual Workshop on Zoom
- Saturday, August 8 in Baton Rouge
- Saturday, September 12 in New Orleans
To hold a workshop, we must have at least five registered participants. We will notify you in advance if we have to cancel a workshop.
Not able to make it to one of these workshops? Not a problem. If you have a group of 10 or more people who would like to be trained, then we can come to you! Please email email@example.com to set up a training date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any requirements for becoming an aquatic volunteer instructor?
You must be at least 18 years old, attend one Aquatic VIP workshop, and pass the test at the end of the workshop. We will run a background check after you complete the workshop to check for any major offenses. You must participate in at least one aquatic education program within two years of completing the Aquatic VIP workshop.
I can’t make any of the upcoming Aquatic VIP workshops. Can I still be trained?
If you are unable to make any of the scheduled workshops, you might still be in luck. We can come to you for a pop-up workshop if you have a group of 10 or more interested people. Alternatively, if we’re holding a pop-up workshop like this near you, we can contact you to let you know about it. You’ll need to apply online to receive notification of pop-up workshops.
What do I need to bring with me to the workshop?
Just an eagerness to learn! We’ll provide snacks, lunch, and drinks for the day.
What can I expect from the workshop?
Each workshop covers the following hands-on activities: knot tying, basic tackle, casting techniques, fish identification, fish anatomy, invasive species, fisheries management, fishing safety, and more. Each participant will access to activity guides, lesson plans, and other educational resources.
What are the loaner kits you offer the volunteers to use?
One of the perks of Aquatic VIP is that certified instructors have access to our loaner kits—we’ll provide the materials needed to teach different activities. For example, we’ll provide rods and reels with basic tackle for fishing station or the paint, paper, and rubber fish for a fish prints station. Don’t let the lack of resources stop you from teaching others about fish!