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Official Florida Boating Safety Course

Take this Florida–approved course to complete your online boating safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Do you need Florida Boating education?

You need boater education if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and will be operating a motorized boat of 10 hp or more in Florida.

Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. Study and pass the $34.95 online course.

  2. Print your online course completion document.

  3. Get ready to go boating!

Do you need a Boating License in Florida?

Any motorized boat operator born on or after January 1, 1988, operating a boat of 10 hp or more is required by Florida law to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Requirements

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

You do not have to be a resident of Florida to take this online course.

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What to Expect From Boat Ed

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.

Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Comprehensive Instruction in Florida Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Florida. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

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Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

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Florida Approved

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Made in the U.S.A.

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

Florida Boating License FAQs

The boater education certificate in Florida is often called a “boating license.” While the certificate is often called a Florida boating license, the certification does not expire and does not need to be renewed.

Do you need a boating license to drive a boat in Florida?

Florida boating laws require all boat operators born after Jan. 1, 1988, to get certified by completing a boater safety course. This certification is sometimes called a “Florida boating license.”

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Florida Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Florida Boat Ed Course cost?

The Florida Boat Ed Course fee is $34.95.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Florida?

Do I have to complete the course all at once?

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Florida Boat Ed Course?

You do not have to be a resident of Florida to take this online course.

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Florida Boat Ed Course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?

The Florida Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Is my Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card accepted elsewhere?

For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Quizzes and/or Exams

I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?

If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Florida Boat Ed Course course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 90 days after course completion.

What is the permanent Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card?

The Boating Safety Education I.D. Card is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. If you selected to receive a physical copy of the Boating Safety Education I.D. Card, it will arrive within 3-4 weeks after you complete all certification requirements. However, if you opted to receive an electronic Boating Safety Education I.D. Card, it will be emailed to you at your registered email ID within 1–4 days after successfully completing the course.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Boating Safety Education I.D. Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost or destroyed Boating Safety Education I.D. Card, you can order a duplicate by calling 850-488-5600 or emailing [email protected].

We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)