Yes, PWC operators are required to be at least 14 years of age in the state of Florida. It is illegal for any boaters younger than 14 to operate a PWC, regardless of their boater certifications.
Yes, PWC operators must comply with Florida’s Boater Education requirements to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and and carry their Florida Boating Education I.D. Card.
Yes! If you’re the type who would like to take a classroom course in boating safety, you can. Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (850) 488-4676 for more information about registering for a classroom course in your area.
Take the state-approved Boating Test right here on this website. Click here to access BOATsmart!’s 3-hour, Online Course.
Keep in mind, you must complete the BOATsmart! Course prior to accessing the Official Test. But there’s no rush, you don’t have to complete the entire Study Guide at in one sitting. BOATsmart! will automatically track and save your progress. Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be able to immediately access the test.
On a first conviction, drunk boaters will face a minimum fine of $500, and up to 6 months imprisonment. Subsequent convictions will carry heavier fines and penalties.
Take the BOATsmart! Florida Course to learn more about the effects of alcohol on boaters and the laws for boating with alcohol in Florida.
In Florida it is illegal to operate a boat, or use water-skis, a sailboard, or a similar device, while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
In Florida, boaters are considered to be under the influence if they have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. A level of 0.05-0.08% may also indicate that an operator is under the influence, if accompanied by other evidence). Additionally, boaters under the age of 21 are considered to be under the influence if they have a BAC level of 0.02% or higher.
Learn more about the risks of drinking and boating by taking the BOATsmart! Florida Boating Safety Course!
If you’ve lost or destroyed your Florida Boating Education I.D. Card, you can easily order a Replacement Card from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling them at 850-488-5600.
Yes, your BOATsmart! Card is the same as a Florida Boating Education I.D. Card. In Florida the ‘Card’ is commonly referred to as a ‘Boating License’, although this is not the correct term.
Florida’s boaters must always comply with both federal and state boating laws and must follow any direction given by law enforcement. Learn more about Florida’s boating laws by taking the BOATsmart! Florida Course. Florida’s boating law authorities you’ll see on the water are: