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Florida - Boater Education Certificate

Old 06-06-2019, 08:40 AM
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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.

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Old 06-06-2019, 08:49 AM
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My kids took the course. Yes, on her own (as well as PWCS).
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I took the course for insurance purposes
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:39 AM
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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.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:43 AM
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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.
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I have been thinking about doing this for the whole family.

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Thanks for the replies! Nobody wants to reply to the inquiry whether the licensed 14YO can legally transport adults who had some drinks? LOL
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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I took it when I was 14... Good foundation.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Originally Posted by Gary - CFL View Post
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.
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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.
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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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