The state of Florida is known to many people as the "Fishing capitol of the world." The sunshine state features some of the world's prettiest beaches, inlets, rivers, lakes, and ponds.
But, before you decide to venture out to its plentiful waterways for boating, make sure you take a Florida boating safety course. If you wish to operate a vessel in Florida, you must complete a classroom course or take one of the many offered online.
If you were born on or after January 1, 1988, and you will be operating a boat in Florida waters with an engine of 10 horsepower or more, the law requires you to complete an approved boating safety course.
Once you have completed a classroom or online boating safety course, you will need to obtain a Florida Boating Safety ID card.
Check with the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) for a list of available courses and dates.