La Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries: Boating Education Lagniappe Day slated for April 24
According to a Thursday (March 25) news release from The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the department will be hosting its 10th annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 24 at eight different locations across the state.
During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.
LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis. To register for one of the eight April 24 classes, please visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/boater-education and click on the link for “Find A Course Near You”.
Officials say the in-person classes will follow all local COVID protocols and procedures.
Individuals born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.
The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.
The course also covers a number of navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification.
Below is the list of lagniappe class locations:
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, Marine Specialties of Louisiana and Shreveport, The Boat Shop of Shreveport, Bayou Outdoors of Bossier City, Ace Hardware of Minden, Tractor Supply of Minden and BMS Supply of Minden.
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and T.P. Outdoors of West Monroe.
Cottonport Bank Camp
1055 Old River Road
Mansura, LA 71350
Sponsors include Cottonport Bank and Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.
LDWF Lafayette Office
200 Dulles Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Sponsors include Deano’s Pizza of Lafayette, Redmond Marine of Lafayette, The Prop Shop of Lafayette, Austin’s Outdoors of Opelousas and Action Specialty of New Iberia.
Jefferson Davis Parish
Lacassine Community Center
312 Community Center Road
Lacassine, LA 70659
Sponsors include the Lacassine Community Center and the Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.
Assumption Parish Community Center
4910 Highway 308
Napoleonville, La 70390
Sponsors include the Assumption Parish Community Center and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include the Manchac Boating Club, Brandon Supply of Amite and the Manchac Fire Department.
St. Tammany Parish
63350 Pelican Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448
Sponsors include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.
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