When it comes to a boater’s paradise, you don’t need to look any further than the sunshine state of Florida. With the second longest coastline in the U.S.A, Florida boasts 1,350 miles of stunning shores and crystal-clear coves to explore. Whether you’re riding the ocean waves or floating down some of the state’s river ways, Florida is an adventure waiting to happen – just keep an eye out for the gators! Continue reading…
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Study Guide before taking the Final Test.
The BOATsmart! Florida Course includes all of the knowledge required to pass the Official Florida Test and obtain your Florida Boating Education I.D. Card. When completing the online boating course you’ll learn everything you need to:
- Understand boating safety basics and terminology
- Understand the Rules and Regulations that govern America’s waterways
- Equip your boat with the right equipment
- Properly maintain your boat and its equipment
- Share the waterways and operate your boat in a safe and responsible manner
- Have confidence when navigating amongst other boat traffic during the day or night
- Be able to recognize different marker buoys and navigate using them
- Know how to respond in emergency situations
The only boaters required to WEAR their life jackets in the state of Florida are:
- •Children 6 years of age and under who are on boats under 26 feet in length that are underway.
- •PWC operators and passengers (inflatable life jackets are not permitted in Florida for PWC passengers).
- •Passengers being towed by a boat or PWC (inflatable life jackets are not permitted in Florida towed sport participants).
Your BOATsmart! Card will never expire. But stay in touch after you pass the test – BOATsmart! offers free, online refresher lessons that will help you keep your boating skill and knowledge up to date as years pass and boating regulations change.
Yes! The BOATsmart! Card is accepted in 40 other states, which extend reciprocity to certified boaters. This law applies to operators of motorized boats (who have taken and passed a NASBLA approved boating safety course), but does not apply in all states to operators of personal watercraft (PWCs). Always check the boating laws in the state you plan to visit before operating a boat or PWC there.
If you’re a visitor to Florida and you don’t meet the conditions to be exempted from the state’s requirements for mandatory boater education, you can get a temporary certificate in order to rent a boat during your visit. These certificates are valid for one year and are available from vendors located all over the state.
The BOATsmart! Course is timed to meet the 3-hour minimum time requirement estabished by NASBLA for online boating safety courses. You must complete the minimum time requirement on your current lesson page in order to move onto the next lesson, module quiz or the final exam. By the time you’ve read this FAQ and returned to your lesson, you should be good to go!