Florida is a boater’s paradise but you need to know about the state’s boating regulations and safety tips before you venture out on the water!
Anyone born after 1/1/1988 who operates a motorboat with 10 or more horsepower must complete an approved boating safety course and carry the Boating Safety Education ID Card issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission. There are exceptions to this rule and the entire list is available through the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s website.
There are also lists of required safety equipment. What is required by law depends on the size of the vessel. Please note that even canoes, kayaks and paddleboards have minimum requirements, so please check the link for exact information.
Florida is surrounded on three sides by water and has numerous lakes. Perhaps that is why the state offers so much excellent information on their websites. One of the things boaters will find useful is a complete list of both fresh and salt water public boat ramps.
You can also sign up for updates on fishing and boating regulations. Remember, safety should be your first concern. Make the waterways a fun and safe place for all by following the state regulations.