Boating Courses

Boating Safety Classes
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries offers a free boating class that lasts between 6 and 8 hours that is usually completed in a day. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.
Boating Classes with LDWF are offered year-round but are most popular in the spring and summer. These classes are offered free of charge to the public.  LDWF classes are offered in the following areas:
Registration for classes - It is not required that students pre-register for all classes listed. You only need to register for classes that request pre-registration as part of their notice.
Mandatory Boating Education - All persons born after January 1, 1984, 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).
Boating Education Online
If a classroom course is not a convenient option, a student may take the state approved online boating course provided by or These courses are not administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, but they are approved by the state to satisfy boating education requirements. The course is free, while there is a fee for the online course charged by Boat-Ed.  Upon successful completion the student is provided a temporary certificate from the website. The student is issued a state boating education card approximately 3-4 weeks later. For more information, visit or (clicking on these links will take you to an external website).

State Boating Courses: