The Florida Boater's Guide - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities
This Official Florida Boater Safety Handbook developed for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission introduces you to Florida laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on Florida waters.
Surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and even a part of the Caribbean Sea, the peninsula of Florida is a unique location for boating. But safety on Florida's coastline, estuaries, lakes, and bays is the responsibility of everyone.
Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with the steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable.
- Vessel Basics
- Navigation Rules
- Nighttime Navigation
- Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
- Florida Boating Laws and Regulations
- Required Equipment
- And much more…
Whether or not your state requires education, it can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.Florida Boater Education
Any person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWCs) must have a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.