Boater Safety Class Offered

community announcement, Education


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 81-1 Florida Panhandle is offering full Florida Boating Safety ID Card certification classes at the Destin History and Fishing Museum this August and September. Boat America is a boating certificate class that offers an in-depth and interesting boating safety course, and provides the knowledge needed to obtain a boating certificate.

Those born from January 1, 1988 are required to achieve this education and ID card for 10HP or higher boat operation in Florida. All boaters can learn best practices from these classes, regardless of age.

Some insurance companies will also offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course. The one-day course runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is available on Saturdays, August 26 and September 23. The cost is $38 per person.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats, boating vocabulary, sailboats, paddle boats, powering boats, and engine types.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration, regulations, hull identification numbers, required safety equipment, federal boating law, state boating law, and reporting accidents. 
  • Safety Equipment – Life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, anchors, and other safety equipment.
  • Safe Operation and Navigation – Buoys and beacons, aids to navigation, navigation rules, docking, and the dangers of alcohol on the water.
  • Boating Emergencies – Hypothermia, boating accidents, man overboard, capsizing, emergency radio calls, carbon monoxide dangers, and weather.
  • Trailering – Types of trailers, lights, hitches, towing a trailer.
  • Sports and Boating – Water-skiing, hunting and hunting gear, PWC operation, and other boating tips.

For more information, contact Bruce Fister at (303) 885-4976.

See the information for the August 26 class here. 

See the information for the September 23 class here.