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  • Photo I.D. Required upon arrival.

  • No prior experience required.

  • All participants must required to complete and sign Liability Waiver.

  • A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida.

  • A person must be at least 18 years of age to rent a personal watercraft in Florida.

  • It is unlawful for a person to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (a second-degree misdemeanor).

  • Each person operating, riding on, or being towed behind a personal watercraft must wear an approved non-inflatable wearable personal flotation device (PFD). Inflatable PFDs are prohibited for personal watercraft use.

  • The operator of a personal watercraft must attach the engine cutoff switch lanyard (if equipped by the manufacturer) to his/her person, clothing or PFD.

  • Maneuvering a personal watercraft by weaving through congested vessel traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably close or when visibility around the vessel is obstructed, or swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision is classified as reckless operation of a vessel (a first-degree misdemeanor).

  • Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 is required to either have successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course or have passed a course equivalency or temporary certificate examination and have in their possession a boating education ID card and a photo identification card before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 HP or more in Florida. Identification cards for persons completing the course or the equivalency exam are good for a lifetime. Temporary Certificate exams are made available to the public through contractors. The temporary certificate is valid for 12 months from the issue date.

How much does it cost to get my Florida Temporary Boating Certificate?


The total cost is $9.99. This includes $3.00 for the exam fee and $6.99 for access to study material and unlimited exam attempts.

The state of Florida also offers an online exam with no study guide access. The total cost is $8.00. This includes $3.00 for the exam fee and $5.00 for the service fee. If you choose the exam-only option and fail, you will have to re-register and pay to take the exam again.

What is the proof of online Boat Florida Rental Course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will receive the Temporary Boating Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. This certificate EXPIRES 90 days after course completion.

Click here to start your Temporary Boating Safety Education Certificate Exam

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