Florida Sea Grant

For Boaters

Florida has more registered boats than any other U.S. state and Miami-Dade County is ranked No. 1 in the state with nearly 58,000 registered vessels. With this many boaters on the water there is cause for concern for the sustainability of our natural resources and for boater safety.  Below are links to educational programs for boaters to learn more about boating safety, hurricane preparedness, and boating resources.

Boating Safety

Miami-Dade County also has the unfortunate distinction of being No. 2 in the state for reportable boating accidents. In 2011, these 75 accidents resulted in 3 fatalities, 28 injuries and approximately $16 million in property damage. Carelessness and inattention are the leading causes of boating accidents and age or experience are not enough to keep you safe. According to the 2011 Boating Accidents Statistical Report produced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Law Enforcement, more than half of all boating accidents included operators who were more than 35 years old, with over 100 hours of operator experience, but no additional boater education. In addition to paying attention to your surroundings, boaters can increase their safety on the water by getting educated and wearing life jackets.

Boating Safety Education Requirements

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 boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Boating Courses

FWC recognizes numerous online and classroom boating safety courses.

Classroom Courses

Company Contact Info
Boater 101 866-Boater101
Fla. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Please contact an FWC regional office for dates
USCG Auxiliary 800-336-2628
United States Power Squadron 888-367-8777


Online Courses

Boat-Ed Online
Boater 101
Boat US
Nautical Know How
PWC Safety School
American Safety Council
Boating Basics Online
American Boat Operator
Boater Exam
Safe Boating Card


Hurricane Preparedness

The published manual, Hurricane Preparedness for Marine Interests (927KB PDF), was developed through the Florida Sea Grant Program, which is a member of the Miami-Dade Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group. It explains the proper ways to prepare boats for hurricanes and teaches marine safety for before, during and after a storm. The manual was funded through FEMA’s Project Impact. Hurricane Preparedness for Marine Interests (927KB PDF).


Boater Resources


Clean Marina/Boatyard Program

Clean Marina/Boatyard Program - This program addresses clean water related to recreational boating.  The voluntary program consists of implementing best management practices to help you comply with regulations and go beyond environmental excellence. For further information, visit visit the program's web site.



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