Students attending safe-boating courses between July 13 and Aug. 27 are eligible to win LSU football season tickets, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today (July 12).

The tickets were purchased by the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and will be raffled off.

The LWAA will randomly select six students who attend a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries safe boating course between July 13 and Aug. 27. Each of the six students selected will receive two tickets to one of LSU's home games this fall.

"This donation from the agents association was very generous, and will help spur interest in our safe boating classes," LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said. "Anytime we can offer an incentive for people to take this very valuable class is a bonus as boating safety education is proven to save lives on the water."

Louisiana boaters born after Jan. 1, 1984, must complete a LDWF-approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents resulting in fatalities than states that have no boating education program. States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

"Not only will the student get their official safe-boating certificate from the department, but they get the chance to see our LSU Tigers play in Tiger Stadium," Barham said.

For more information on the safe boating course, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.