Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 22

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By Julie Lively

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the seventh annual “Boating Education Lagniappe Day” on April 22 at nine 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 please visit and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 22 classes.

Anybody 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 many 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 card.


Below is the list of class locations:


Webster Parish

LDWF Region 1 Office

9961 Hwy. 80

Minden, LA 71055

Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA), Coca-Cola of Minden, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Raising Cane’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings.


Ouachita Parish

Academy Sports and Outdoors

111 Constitution Dr.

West Monroe, LA 71292

Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.


Rapides Parish

Academy Sports and Outdoors

3205 S MacArthur Dr.

Alexandria, LA 71301

Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors


St. Martin Parish

1015 Amy St (next to the Henderson town hall)

Henderson, LA 70517

Sponsors include LWAA


Beauregard Parish

First Baptist Church of Deridder

2030 US-171

DeRidder, LA 70634

Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited 


Lafourche Parish

Galliano Fire Station District 3

1762 West Main St

Galliano, LA 70354

Sponsors include Renovation Hardware in Cut Off


Tangipahoa Parish

Manchac Fire Department

30221 US-51

Akers, LA 70421

Sponsors include Reno Seafood and Manchac Boat Club


Ascension Parish

Cabela’s of Gonzales

2200 W Cabela’s Parkway

Gonzales, LA 70737

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching this class.

Sponsors include Cabela’s of Gonzales.


St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch

1123 Main St

Madisonville, LA 70447

Sponsors include LWAA and Raising Canes.


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