River tourism: fun and safe

> La semaine du Lot (August 2011)

The Lot is one of the département’s big tourist draws, with thousands of boaters taking to the river every year. The high numbers mean it’s important for river tourists to follow some safety guidelines…

Boat hire operators need to provide a little training for holidaymakers keen on a cruise. “You don’t need a licence at any time during the rental agreement, provided the rental operator is certified by the sailing authorities. We take between 30 and 45 minutes with the skipper to explain how it all works. Then we take them out on the water to get them used to handling the boat, and pass through a lock to show them how it’s done”, explains Jean-Jacques Baboulène, boss of Babou Marine.

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