JANUARY 14, 2020

Everglades N.P. Boater Education Program

Everglades has developed a free boater education course to orient and educate boaters to the unique features of the park's marine waters. Our overall goal is to protect marine resources while providing world-class recreational opportunities. In the park's 2015 General Management Plan, park stakeholders and managers identified boater education as a key strategy.

Substantial funding and support for the program was received from the South Florida National Parks Trust, the Florida Bay Stewardship Committee, and many knowledgeable stakeholders who saw the benefit of the program and worked with the park's team and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands to develop the education course.

Course in English

Course in Spanish

Get Your Boating Certificate

This course and accompanying certificate is now mandatory for nearly everyone* operating a powerboat within the marine waters of the park. Upon successful completion of the course and test, boaters can print out the certificate to carry with them while operating a vessel in the park.

Step-by-Step Instructions: How to take the Course and Get Your Boating Certificate