Spring Aboard


During the week of April 17-23, 2016, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourages boaters to Spring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course.  Working in partnership with the states, some course providers are offering course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign.  The Spring Aboard campaign is a unified effort to remind boaters to complete the course now in preparation for the boating season. 

2014 Florida statistics indicate that, when the level of operator education was known, 82% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction. 

With today’s wide variety of courses available, there’s a course for everyone’s schedule,” said Major Richard Moore, FWC’s Boating and Waterways section leader. “Boaters have many ways to get educated, from classroom courses offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons to online offerings available anytime day or night. There’s no reason to head out on the water without this knowledge.”

You can find a list of courses by following this link:  Florida Boating Safety Courses



FWC Facts:
You must be at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in Florida.

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