New Florida Mandatory Boating Education Requirements in Effect
Boat operators in Florida born on or after January 1, 1988, must complete an approved U S Coast Guard boating-safety class, have in their possession a photographic ID card and a boating safety education card, beginning Jan. 1 to legally operate a boat with a motor of 10-hp or more.
However there are a few exceptions to this new requirement. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, operating a boat within 90 days from time of purchase does not need a boating-safety education ID card if a legal Florida bill of sale is onboard. But after 90 days, all new mandatory educational requirements must be met. Exempt from these new requirements are boaters who possess a current United States Coast Guard license.
Clearwater Flotilla 11-1 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Staff Officer Ann Bennett, said: "We strongly encourage boaters of all ages to take a Coast Guard approved boating safety class. Every boater, even the most experienced will learn something new. Our USCG Auxiliary classes are taught by qualified, highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the Coast Guard". For more information and to register for classes contact: Ann Bennett (727) 469-8895, E-mail at email@example.com, or http://a0701101.uscgaux.info.
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