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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 an 8-hour, 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 receive a binder with 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.

 

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For more information, contact Heather David at hdavid@wlf.la.gov or 225.763.5415

 

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 send in a $25 registration check to reserve your spot. Write the check out to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, or LWFF, and mail it to:

Heather David
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

We’ll hold the check until the day of the workshop and return it to you when you arrive. If you can’t make it to the workshop, you must let us know at least one week before to get your check back. If not, we’ll donate your registration fee to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.

Upcoming Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Workshops

Our 2020 Aquatic VIP workshops are:

  • Saturday, March 21 in Baton Rouge - postponed; new date to be announced
  • Wednesday, April 15 in New Orleans
  • Wednesday, July 8 in Woodworth
  • 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 hdavid@wlf.la.gov 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 8-hour 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 8-hour 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 receive a binder with 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!