The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators will offer its first airboat operator course the week of Oct. 24 in Delacroix, La.
This new airboat training falls under NASBLA’s boat operations and training program. Launched in 2010, the program aims to deliver a single national standard of training to marine law enforcement in federal, state and local jurisdictions and provides the nation’s maritime law enforcement and first responders with a standard of qualification and training.
The new course will provide a comprehensive framework for attendees to become more proficient in the specialized skills necessary to operate airboats in the maritime environment. Participants will receive recognition in the national qualification database maintained by and through NASBLA.
Students will operate within a controlled environment, with an emphasis on hands-on operational training. The course is delivered using “team teaching” as the model. All instructors are engaged in every module within the course under the operational command of a lead instructor.
“This airboat training is another positive step toward the [training] program’s mission of creating a national standard of training for marine law enforcement,” NASBLA director of law enforcement John Fetterman said in a statement.