Louisiana Boating Laws and Regulations
Do you need Louisiana Boating education?
You need education if you were born after Jan. 1, 1984, and will be operating a motorboat or PWC over 10 hp in Louisiana.
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana to take this online course.
Boating education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Age and Operator Restrictions
- It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years to operate a PWC.
- It is unlawful for a person who owns or has charge of a personal watercraft to knowingly permit a person under the age of 16 years to operate the PWC.
- It is illegal for a rental company to rent a personal watercraft to anyone under 16 years of age.
Louisiana law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the laws and guidelines.
Carry the Card: Vessel operators who are required to have a Boater Education Card must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.
Penalty: Not carrying your Boater Education Card when one is required can result in a fine.
Is the Boating Card the same as the Boating License?
The Louisiana Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all of the components of an approved Boating safety course and allows you to go boating. Because the Boating education card or certificate does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Louisiana Boating License.
Even if not required by law to get the Louisiana boating education card, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.
Do your part to make boating in Louisiana an enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing the Boat Louisiana course, and practice what you learn.
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Louisiana Boating students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions