U.S. Coast Guard


Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week.


The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign.


Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower. The wildlife and fisheries department says its safe boating education program, started in 2003, has certified more than 99,000 boaters.