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Water Vessel Safety Program

The State of Louisiana mandates that the University establish and adhere to a water vessel safety program.  These requirements can be found in R.S.39:1543.1, state regulations concerning the safety of water vessels.  The program applies to anyone operating a water vessel that is owned, leased, or rented by the University.  For more details on the program see the official University policy below.

Water Vessel Safety Policy

Operator History / Authorization Form

Water Vessel Safety Inspection Form

Water Vessel Safety Training Classes

The University's water vessel safety policy requires operators to attend a boating safety course offered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or an approved equivalent course.  The LDWF Course is offered regularly in the Monroe area and throughout the state.  The same course is also available online.  Remember that previously certified operators must attend this course at least once every three years.

Accident Reporting

All University water vessel operators must report any accidents to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the EHS department. 

A water vessel accident can include, but is not limited to, capsizing, collision with another vessel, flooding, fire, explosion, and disappearance of the vessel other than by theft.  All accidents should be reported to the EHS office as soon as practicable but no later than 24 hours after the accident.  Water vessel accidents that result in death or injury to anyone must be reported to the LDWF within 48 hours.  Accidents involving property damage in excess of $500.00 should be reported to LDWF within five days.  All water vessel accidents should be reported using the water vessel accident report form.  A copy of this form shall be included on board each boat maintained by the University.