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Law Enforcement in Florida

Law enforcement officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, sheriff's deputies of the various counties, and any other authorized enforcement officer, shall have the authority to order the removal of vessels deemed to be an interference or hazard to public safety, enforce all boating safety laws, or can stop and board any vessel and make an inspection in accordance to state law.

A law enforcement officer may stop any vessel for the purpose of checking for compliance with boating safety equipment requirements.

Florida law requires that anyone convicted of 2 non-criminal boating safety offences within a 12-month period must enroll in, attend, and successfully complete a NASBLA/State of Florida-approved boater education course. This course must be completed following the date of the second violation, and proof of completion must be filed with the Commission's Boating and Waterways Section. Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement 

Any person convicted of a boating offence that resulted in a reportable boating accident or convicted of any criminal boating violation must complete a NASBLA/State of Florida-approved boating safety course as well as an approved safe boating course for violators. Violator courses require approximately 4 hours to complete and must be taken through a specified State of Florida-approved online course. A violator's privilege to operate a vessel in Florida is suspended until proof of course completion is filed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section. Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement.

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