JEFFERSON, LA – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer a free boating safety class at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 13, at the East Bank Regional Library located at 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

This class is free of charge and is open to the public.

The class lasts between six and eight hours and is completed in a day. Pre-registration is not required but is recommended by going to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more.

Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Mandatory Boating Education - All persons born after January 1, 1984, must complete a boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower. The person may operate the boat if accompanied by someone older than 18 years of age who has completed the course.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. Library patrons that require auxiliary aids or devices or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA should submit requests to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as possible. A 72-hour notice is needed to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator / Office of Citizens with Disabilities, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 210 Jefferson, LA 70123; 504-736-6086;

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The Eastbank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. For more information, contact the library at 504-838-1100 or