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FLORIDA

The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only free Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

 

Here's how to get started:


 
 
watch our short video here

Click below to view a short video on using our online course

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Create an account and enroll yourself in the Florida Boating Safety Course from the Course Catalog

print your certificate

Pass the course and print out your certificate of completion yourself for free - it's absolutely free to take the course and print your certificate

 
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Your permanent Boater Education ID Card will be mailed to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission within 3-4 weeks. Records are sent to the state automatically every day. Make sure that you type your name as you want it to show on your certificate along with a correct mailing address so you will receive your card in a timely fashion. If you do not receive your card after 4 weeks, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5600.

 

Education Requirements


 

Age Requirements

In Florida, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boater safety identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A person is exempt from this requirement if there is a person on board who is not affected by this law or is at least 18 years of age and holds a boater education I.D. card.

This person must be attendant to and take responsibility for the safe operation of the vessel and for any violation that occurs during the operation.

 

Course Information

Your information will be automatically forwarded to the FWC and you will receive a lifetime plastic card in the mail 3-5 weeks after completion. Prior to that please carry a copy of your BoatUS certificate as proof of your boating education.

Your permanent Boater Education ID Card will be automatically mailed to you within 3-4 weeks. If you do not receive your card after 4 weeks, contact the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5600.

 

Other Information

A person is exempt from this requirement if there is a person on board who is not affected by this law or is at least 18 years of age and holds a boater education I.D. card. This person must be attendant to and take responsibility for the safe operation of the vessel and for any violation that occurs during the operation.

Anyone who is convicted of a criminal boating violation, any boating infraction resulting in a reportable boating accident, or two non-criminal boating safety violations within a 12-month period must attend and successfully complete an approved boating safety course and file proof with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The violator’s privilege to operate a vessel in the state will be suspended until proof of course completion is filed. We are not an approved course to fulfill this requirement.