Safe boating students can enter LSU ticket giveaway

Staff reports

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association has purchased two LSU football season tickets that will be raffled to students that attend selected safe boating classes.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries safe boating course between July 13 and August 27. Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU’s home games this fall.

“This donation from the agents association was very generous and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes. Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water,” said LDWF Sec. Robert Barham.

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a LDWF approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

“Not only will the student get their official safe boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium. These tickets are very valuable as LSU is in a great position to make runs at both the SEC and national championships and have Florida, Arkansas and the defending national champion in Auburn coming to Baton Rouge,” said Barham.

For more information on the safe boating course, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

LWAA is a non-profit corporation that fosters, protects and promotes the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned LDWF enforcement agents, active or retired. For more information and donation opportunities for the LWAA, visit www.lwaa.org.

LWAA supports and provides funding for the following: Fallen Officers of the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund, Louisiana Special Olympics Program, hunting and boating Safety, National Hunting and Fishing Day, Children's Hospital, American Heart Association, St. Jude's Hospital, Louisiana Lions Camp For Crippled Children, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Toys to Recovery, Louis Infant Crisis Center, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Operation Game Thief and Camp Quality.

The following are the eligible LDWF safe boating classes in the area for the LSU football ticket raffle:

Gonzales: July 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Metairie: July 30 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Vacherie: Aug. 6 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 225-562-2572

Metairie: Aug. 13 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 504-284-2023

Pierre Part: Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 985-447-0821

Gonzales: Aug. 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) 225-765-2999

Call the number listed for the classes to register.