7th District

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 14-8
Seventh District
Serving Area North Florida and The St Johns River
From Downtown to the Shands Bridge

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Currently, a recreational boating license is NOT required in the State of Florida.
However, for many boat operators, proof of taking an approved Boating Education Course is required!

The Legal Requirements of Boating
Who May Operate a Vessel In The State of Florida

To operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWCs), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam.

  • Operators who are required to have completed a boating education course or exam must carry on board:

    • His or her Boating Safety Education ID Card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ...

    • A photographic identification card.

  • These operators are exempt from the boater education requirement:

    • Persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel

    • Persons operating on a private lake or pond

    • Operators who are accompanied on board by a person who is exempt from the education requirement or by a person who is at least 18 years old, who possesses the required identification cards, and is attendant to the
      operation of the vessel and responsible for any violation that occurs

    • Persons operating a vessel within 90 days after purchase who have a bill of sale on board and available for inspection

No one under 14 years of age may operate any PWC on Florida waters at any time, even if such person possesses a Boating Safety Education ID Card.

No one under the age of 18 years may rent/lease a PWC.

It is also illegal for the owner of a PWC to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a PWC.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers instructor lead NASBLA approved Boating Education Courses. To find the the nearest class and available dates, please follow this link.

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