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Boating Regulations For Florida — Stay Safe on the Water

Boating Regulations For Florida —  Stay Safe on the Water

Boating Regulations & Rules

With a significant increase of boaters on the water recently, staying safe on the water is more crucial than ever. Knowing the boating “rules of the road” is key to a safe and relaxing boating experience. Thanks to Discover Boating, it is easy and quick to find out everything you need to know about your state’s boating requirements and regulations before getting on the water. Learn everything from safe boating practices, life jacket and education requirements, the minimum age necessary to operate a vessel or PWC, and trailer registration requirements. Together, we can make every boat outing a safe boat outing. View boating rules and regulations by state.


Boating Regulations and Rules For Florida

  • Resident License and/or Education Requirement: All Florida residents born after January 1, 1988 who operate powered watercraft 10 hp or greater must carry a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card.
  • Life Jacket Requirements: 6 and under must wear a PFD.
  • Minimum Age to Operate a Vessel: No age requirement.
  • Minimum Age to Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC): Operators of personal watercraft must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Boat Trailer Registration Requirements: Boat trailers must be titled and registered.

For more information about detailed boating rules, regulations, and laws in Florida, visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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Cited: DiscoverBoating

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