Public Education (PE)

Public Education


Updated Boating Safety Education Requirements (
  • Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boating safety education identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The foundation of any good boater is understanding the basic knowledge of how to boat safely. Our boating safely course is geared for the novice boater as well as the seasoned boater who has never had a boating safety course, and those who feel that their skills could use a refresher. The class room education is applicable to both the teenager as well as adults.

At the successful completion of this class you will have the basic knowledge and foundation required to obtain the Florida Safe Boating ID card. You will be issued certificates of completion and we will apply to the FWC to have them send you your Florida Boaters' ID. 

Most boating insurance companies offer discounts to boaters who successfully complete this boating safety course.

The ABS Course topics are:

  • Know Your Boat
  • Before you get Underway
  • Navigation Rules
  • Operating your Vessel Safely
  • The Legal Requirements of Boating including the Florida rules
  • Understanding the Buoy System/ Rules of the Road
  • Boating Emergencies
  • Marlinspike
  • Waterway Watch

All sections are taught by experienced instructors with many years of boating. During the class local knowledge information, fishing information and boating stories will be interjected. A free Vessel Safety Check will also be offered.

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Length: One day class about 8 hours on select Saturdays
Cost: $50.00 (includes materials, certificates, boating info and Florida Boaters ID) Special discount pricing for additional family member 
Dates: 2017 Schedule below. From 9AM-5PM
Location: McNab Park - 2250 East Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 unless otherwise specified. 

Nov 18, 2017McNab Park - 2250 East Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Dec 16, 2017

Emma Lou Olson Civic Center - 1801 NE 6th St. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Payment options:

We offer (2) ways of making payment for the course.  You can pay the day off by check or simply complete your registration today by clicking the PayPal Buy Now button below.  While processing through PayPal please note the date of the course and the name of the individual who will be taking.

Name of person taking course
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