With the warmer weather fast approaching, getting out on a boat is one of South Florida’s favorite activities. Since 2010, the State of Florida has required that any person who wishes to operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or more and is born after January 1st, 1988, must pass and complete a Boating Safety Course.
Florida does not have a “boating license” but a Boating Safety Education Identification Card. The card is proof of a successful completion of the course and a pass on the exam. The Identification Card is valid for life and no renewal fees or continuing education course is required once the course is completed and the exam is passed. However, you are asked to continue to review and follow the current boating rules and regulations.
Boating Safety Education courses can be taken either online or in a classroom format. Once the course is completed you will be asked to take a short exam of everything you have learned during the course. Once you pass the exam, you will be issued a Temporary Boating Certificate. The Temporary Boating Certificate can be used immediately, and your Boater Safety Education Identification Card will be mailed to you.
The Boating Safety Courses range in price. Some classes are free, and the classes range from $15 dollars to $50 dollars. Click here to view the approved safety courses.