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Get to Know Florida Boating Requirements

The rules of the water are put into place and enforced to ensure our safety and fun on the water. They are easy to follow because they are mostly common sense and just plain old decent behavior. Here are the boating regulations you need to follow in Florida:

It can be dangerous on the water when accidents happen or people get into trouble. So first and foremost, everyone on the water should try to be helpful to one another. It is actually an infraction of boating regulations in Florida to fail to render aid or to report a boating accident you come across. You also never want to leave the scene of a boating accident in which you are involved.

Boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and refusal to submit to testing for it are illegal. You are also not permitted to waterski impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Reckless operation of a vessel or personal watercraft is against Florida boating regulations, as is operating a vessel while the privilege to operate it is suspended. Allowing a person under 14 to operate a personal watercraft is also against regulations. The same applies to rentals.

You cannot moor to or damage a navigation marker, regulation sign or buoy; violate a safety or security zone; or hold a marine event without a permit or proper notification to authorities.

It is also against the law to commit vessel title or regulations fraud, and to alter or remove a hull identification number.