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Information current as of May 9, 2013.
Boating Education (Mandatory)

 Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education

All persons born after January 1, 1988, must complete a boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate the boat if accompanied by someone over 18 years of age who, if required, has completed the course.

Personal Watercraft Age - It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC). However persons under 16 who are 13 years of age or older on January 1, 2005, may operate a PWC if they have completed an approved boating safety course and carry proof of completion of the course with them.

Download the Boater Education Handbook at: http://www.boat-ed.com/la/handbook/

The Department of Wilflife and Fisheries (WLF) provides information related to boating education courses offered by the state as well as other organization. Visit the WLF website to obtain additional information on boating education courses offered.

An official online Boating Safety Course is also available at: http://www.boat-ed.com/louisiana/index.html

Contact Information
Rachel Zechenelly, Enf.
( 225 ) 765 - 2984
Education Section
Physical Address
2000 Quail Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Mailing Address
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Primary Phone Number: ( 225 ) 765 - 2800
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed