Boating Safety & Education

Boating Safety

Recreational Boating Accidents - Carelessness and inattention are the leading causes of boating accidents in Florida. Pay close attention to your surroundings while on the water, and you will be on your way to a safe and enjoyable outing.

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What to do in the event of a hurricane - links to information to help boaters prepare for storms and deal with the aftermath.

Boater Education

Get Your Boater Safety Education Card - Did you know that anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 must have a Boating Safety Education ID Card to legally operate a boat in Florida? Read this to find out more about what the law requires and how to get your card.

Florida Boating Safety Education Program Summary icon_PDF.gif - Brief overview of Florida's boating safety education efforts, including a short look at the past, the present and the future of the program.

Boating Glossary - Terminology you should know before going boating.

Florida Boating Safety Educator of the Year Nominations - You have the opportunity to nominate the Boating Safety Educator of the Year for the State of Florida and to compete for the national award through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).


*IMPORTANT*
BOATING SAFETY LAW CHANGE NOTICE
Effective October 1, 2011


FWC Facts:
The operator of a boat towing a skier must either have an observer on board and paying close attention or use a wide-angle rear-view mirror.

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