2020 LDWF Recreational Fishing Regulations - Page 57



BOATING SAFETY
LIFE JACKETS SAVE LIVES
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) save lives. Get
one and wear it when you’re on the water.
Remember that children 16 years old or younger
must wear a properly sized and fitted, personal flotation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard at
all times when a vessel is underway. Get your child
fitted for a proper life vest and lead by example by
wearing one too. For more information on how to
find the right life vest or for more boating safety
tips, visit www.uscgboating.org or www.wlf.la.gov.
CONSUMER ALERT: Choosing the correct Personal Flotation Device
(PFD) can be the difference between life and death when on the water. Make sure
the PFD is U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved. A USCG approved PFD will have an
approval number on the label usually on the inside part of the PFD. A PFD that is
not USCG approved is illegal and unsafe. More and more non-approved PFDs are
showing up in the marketplace and are being sold at larger retailers where most
customers assume it is an approved version.
BOATER EDUCATION
All persons born after Jan. 1, 1984 are required to complete a NASBLA approved boating
education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower and must carry proof of such
when operating the motorboat. A motorboat may be operated if any person on board or
participating in any boating activity from the motorboat is over the age of 18, and if required
to have completed a boating course, has completed the required boating safety course.
LDWF offers Boating Classes in every region of the state, free of charge to the public.
For those who cannot attend a classroom setting an online boating class is available, however, it is not administered by LDWF and a fee is assessed. Visit www.wlf.la.gov for more
information about Boater Education.
TO REPORT MISSING/OVERDUE BOATERS,
REPORT A BOAT CRASH INCIDENT OR
REPORT VIOLATIONS, PLEASE CALL
1-800-442-2511.
LADWF TIPS APP now available from the
Apple Store and Google Play
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
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