BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Approved Florida Boating Safety Education Card (or boating license). We include everything you need.
Study up with the Official Florida Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.
It’s easy. Our Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Approved multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!
Print your Temporary Card immediately and go boating! Your permanent Florida Boating Safety Education Card will arrive in the mail in 4 weeks.
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Born after December 31, 1987? You must have a Florida Boater Education Card to operate any motorized watercraft greater than 10 horsepower.
Animated, narrated & perfect for all ages.
Our animated, narrated and interactive lessons guide your learning experience and help you pass.
The BOATsmart!® Course includes all the knowledge you need to pass the test and boat with confidence.
BOATsmart!® automatically tracks your progress on any device. Take it anywhere, anytime.
Designed by boaters and subject matter experts just for you.
The 3-hour timer is only a minimum requirement. You’re free to spend as much time as you need in the BOATsmart! Knowledge Base before taking the Final Test.
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! 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.
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.
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!
PWC operators in Florida are required to be at least 14 years of age. PWCs are commonly known in Florida as ‘Wave Runners’ and Jet Skis’. Learn more about PWC safety and handling characteristics by taking the BOATsmart! Florida Course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
No. The state of California does not require boaters to have a driver’s license in order to operate a boat. However, boaters are encouraged to obtain a California Boater Education Card – hit the waters with confidence!
Yes, in Florida this card is known as the Florida Boating Safety I.D. Card and it is required if you were born after Dec. 31, 1987 and are operating a motorized boat powered by an engine of 10 HP or greater. Most other states and most of Canada’s provinces and territories also require boaters to carry a Boater Education Card, more commonly known as a ‘Boating License’. Get the Card, even if you aren’t required to in Florida, and you’ll be good to go boating in most of North America.
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:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its officersThe U.S. Coast Guard (on joint jurisdictional waters)
County sheriffs and their deputies
Any other authorized law enforcement officer
What’s your favourite way to spend a day on the water in the Sunshine State? Ripping it up on a WaveRunner? Skimming across a freshwater lake on your SUP board? No matter your favourite watersport activity is, if you’re visiting Florida you’ll have no trouble finding a spectacular waterway to enjoy!