Boating Safety Course

Any person born on or after January 1, 1988, must have a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and photographic ID to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. See specific requirements regarding the Boating Safety Education ID Card. To obtain the safety card, operators must complete a boater education course that is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

The How to Boat Smart program is nationally recognized and NASBLA–approved. By completing a boating safety course, you will be able to have a safer, more enjoyable time on the water. Many insurance companies offer a discount for successful completion.

Florida boaters have three ways to become certified in boating safety with the “How to Boat Smart: Florida Boating Safety Course.”

  1. Over the Internet …
    Learn what you need to be a safe boat operator online! The complete course with exciting visuals awaits you on the Internet. Interactive animations help you learn and retain information on boating safely in Florida. Successfully complete the online test and you will receive a State of Florida boating safety identification card by mail. There is a nominal fee for online certification. Start today at
  2. In a classroom …
    Share the learning experience with other boaters and a qualified instructor. Call 850-488-5600 or log onto the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website to locate the next classroom course in your area. Find a course at
  3. By correspondence …
    Study at home with the How to Boat Smart manual. Then take the certification exam at home and mail it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for grading and certification. Pick up a manual at your local tax collector's office.