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Gary - CFL 06-06-2019 08:40 AM

Florida - Boater Education Certificate
 
My 14 YO daughter recently completed the Florida Boater Education coursework and received her ID card. Although she is already pretty good at handling a boat we made it mandatory for her. I involved myself in the coursework and was impressed with the level of information shared and knowledge required to pass. I'm curious how many of your children have completed the course. Also wanted to validate something - Does this mean she can legally operate a vessel on her own, or must there always be an adult on-board? Consider the scenarios for her running the lake boat around vs running our offshore boat.

Thanks in advance for your $.02.

stringle 06-06-2019 08:49 AM

My kids took the course. Yes, on her own (as well as PWCS).

WPBTH 06-06-2019 08:58 AM

I took the course for insurance purposes

Gary - CFL 06-06-2019 09:39 AM

FL Boaters Certificate
 
So what about this scenario...

Family is out for dinner on the boat. Adults concerned they may have had one too many. Is boater licensed minor legal to drive boat home with parents as passengers? Asking for a friend.

RCL 06-06-2019 09:43 AM

Had both of mine taken the course so they can ride the jet skis at my parents lake. My fil who is ex coast guard helped my daughter and said some of the questions didnt make sense. Dont remember off hand what they were.

FL Bill 06-06-2019 09:46 AM

I have been thinking about doing this for the whole family.

Thanks

Gary - CFL 06-07-2019 10:40 AM

FL Boaters Certificate
 
Thanks for the replies! Nobody wants to reply to the inquiry whether the licensed 14YO can legally transport adults who had some drinks? LOL

Jason9876 06-07-2019 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by Gary - CFL (Post 12599456)
Although she is already pretty good at handling a boat we made it mandatory for her.

It's manadatory per the state of Florida.

All boaters born on or after January 1, 1988 who operate any motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more need a Florida Boater Education I.D. Card.

Jason9876 06-07-2019 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by Gary - CFL (Post 12603189)
Thanks for the replies! Nobody wants to reply to the inquiry whether the licensed 14YO can legally transport adults who had some drinks? LOL

If they are legal to drive, they are legal to drive!

ByrdmanFL 06-07-2019 11:18 AM

Mine did it when he was 10 years old. He saved his money from odd jobs and birthdays, Xmas, etc., and bought a small john boat with a motor and everything was legal. The sheriff's and FWC officers knew him by name and after a stop or two the first few weeks, never had any issues.

Coltmb 06-08-2019 06:44 AM

Gary - Can you share which specific course she took. Appears there are several options to choose from and am looking to sign my wife and daughter up.

EricF 06-08-2019 06:59 AM

I took it when I was 14... Good foundation.

BacknBlue 06-08-2019 08:44 AM

Everyone should be required to take this course. The amount of stupidity I see on the water due to uneducated drivers is pitiful. I worked at a marina for 3 years renting boats, I can't tell you how many "boat owners" or people who "grew up on the ozarks" crashed into a dock before even leaving the confines of the marina, or end up being towed from an oyster bar before the end of the day.

FishLeo 06-08-2019 03:00 PM

Any child over 8yrs old, having successfully completed the fl boating education class can operate a vessel. However, mu sc t be 14 to operate a pwc

k9medic 06-08-2019 03:10 PM

My oldest son took the class by himself when he was 10. My youngest was 11. Both of them operate boats by themselves. The oldest is now 14, has owned his own boat since he was 11 (his $$ not mine) and runs our large boat (42') while I tend to drinks and the lines.

ChrisW21 06-08-2019 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by Gary - CFL (Post 12603189)
Thanks for the replies! Nobody wants to reply to the inquiry whether the licensed 14YO can legally transport adults who had some drinks? LOL

She's legal as your DD. That's the whole point of getting the certification, to be able to operate a vessel with over 10hp on her own.


EDIT TO ADD:
The course teaches rules of the road. Knowing which side of a marker to run on is different from docking and boat handling skills.

Don't confuse schooling with experience. You can't be white-girl-wasted until she has a few more years experience.

Ricci 06-08-2019 04:36 PM

My brother and I took it when we were 12 and 9, 21 years ago. We used to bring our parents home from the bar all the time, put the boat on the trailer, the whole package lol. Never got pulled over, but since she's allowed to operate on her own I don't see why it would be an issue.

OldPete 06-08-2019 05:21 PM

I was just talking to wife about this... thought it would be prudent for my son. She told me about this:
https://www.flvs.net/online-courses/outdoor-education


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