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St. James Parish Sheriff

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Boating Safety

The St James Parish Sheriff's Office in conjunction with The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will be holding a boating safety course on Aug 4, 2012 from 8AM till 4PM.
  • Persons born after January 1, 1984, may not operate a motorboat or PWC powered by a motor in excess of 10 horsepower unless he or she has successfully completed a boating safety course.
    • These persons must be in possession of evidence of completion of the approved course whenever operating such a vessel.
    • Note: Previously, only persons born after January 1, 1988, were required to take a boating safety course. Due to this change in the law, persons born between January 1, 1984, and January 1, 1988, have until July 1, 2010, to complete a course successfully.
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years to operate a personal watercraft (PWC).
  • It is also 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.

Pre-Registration Required
Class size is limited
Call (225) 562-2572
Download form and email to or
Range & Training Facility
Attn: Capt. Karl Melancon
P.O. Box 83
Convent, LA 70723

Class Location:

St James Parish Sheriff's Office
Range & Training Facility
29449 Sheriff Range Rd.
Vacherie, LA

Date:  Saturday, August 04, 2012
Time:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Time