Everglades Boater Education Course

The Everglades Boater Education Course is intended to prepare boaters for their experience in Everglades National Park.




The course covers important safety information for boaters as well as specific considerations for protecting the sensitive resources in Everglades National Park. The course discusses the heightened level of protection of the Park's natural resources and outlines recommended boater behavior and equipment necessary for safely navigating Florida Bay, the Gulf Coast, backcountry marine areas, and Ten Thousand Islands.

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The National Park Service, along with many expert stakeholders, offers this course as part of its larger efforts to protect the unusual ecosystems and recreational experiences for boaters in Everglades National Park. The Everglades Boater Education Course was called for in the 2015 Park General Management Plan as part of the 30-year plan for meeting the National Park Service's mission: protecting natural and cultural resources while providing for visitor enjoyment.

If you require additional assistance while registering for this course or creating your account, please contact the Eppley Institute help desk at 812-855-3095 or use our contact from to submit a request online.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed. This course includes the following elements.

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Why Here?
  • Key Points about Protected Places
  • Where Are We?
  • Zone Maps
  • Preparing for Your Trip
  • Know Before You Go - Skills and Experience
  • Know Before You Go - Going Fishing?
  • Know Before You Go - Rules and Regulations
  • Know Before You Go - Tools and Equipment
  • Know Before You Go - Environmental Conditions
  • Loading and Launching
  • Florida Bay
  • Around the Cape
  • Open Water
  • Ten Thousand Islands
  • The Mangrove Backcountry
  • Wilderness Waterway & Everglades Paddling Trail
  • Conclusion

Be able to:

  • Understand the federal and state regulations that provide the framework for boater safety and resource protection.
  • Identify sensitive park resources and the strategies used to protect them.
  • List appropriate ways to interact with park resources to prevent impacts and/or damage while boating.
  • Identify the location and implications of designated wilderness, restricted, or closed areas for resource protection.
  • Identify visitor activities and behaviors that impact park resources.
  • List shallow water boating strategies and techniques to prevent impacts.
  • Anticipate environmental conditions and uncertainties that could affect your boating experience.
  • List consequences of inappropriate or illegal actions within the park.
  • Identify equipment and navigational aids necessary for safely boating in park waters.
  • Determine the key boater-specific attributes and skills affecting your boating experiences.

Recommended Background

Successful completion of this course is required in order to obtain a Boater Permit for Everglades National Park.


Informational and entertainingReview by Max
The multi-media was appreciated (Posted on 7/10/2018)
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It was very educational and provided me with a lot of resources I can use in the future. (Posted on 6/1/2018)
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The current boater education program is an improvement from the EcoMariner course. (Posted on 1/13/2018)
ExcellentReview by Hoppy Toad
This provided me with knowledge on this subject. (Posted on 12/21/2017)
Very goodReview by Ernie
Better direction to course assessment would be helpful. (Posted on 10/29/2017)
GreatReview by Ryan
Great (Posted on 10/11/2017)

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