We have hit peak boating season in Florida once again, with both residents and visitors hitting the water in larger numbers. As such, it is important for all boaters in Florida to be reminded of the state’s boating safety requirements.
Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.
- Formal education: Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 is required by Florida law to either have completed an approved boating education course through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or an equivalent course or temporary certificate examination.
- ID: Anyone operating a boat must have a boating education identification card as well as a standard photo identification card if they are operating a vessel of 10 horsepower or more in the state.
- Visitors: Visitors to Florida must comply with the above regulations. However, non-residents can show proof of successful completion of an equivalent boater safety course or exam, so long as it meets or exceeds the standards set for Florida. In such a case, they do not need to a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card.
If you are planning a visit to the state, it is a good idea to get a temporary certificate, which you can get from a variety of approved vendors around the state. Temporary certificates are valid for 90 days.
Have fun and stay safe on the waters this summer, and make sure everyone you’re with practices good boating safety at all times. If you or a loved one are injured by a negligent boater, you can seek compensation with the assistance of an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.