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.
Get Your Boating Permit
At present, the program is available on a voluntary basis and beginning August 1, 2019 will be 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 permit (certificate) to carry with them while operating a vessel in the park.
For more information visit www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/boater-education-program.htm.