Everglades Boater Education Program

The Everglades Boater Education Program consists of the course, assessment, and receipt of the park boating permit and is intended to prepare boaters for their experience in Everglades National Park. The boat operator must have the Permit when boating in the park.


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The program 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.

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Very informativeReview by Dade
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Very informative (Posted on 5/19/2019)
A good start, smart move doing for free. Education is importantReview by Gregg
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Good general tool for everyone. The environment is very unique and needs to stay that way. I think this is a positive step of education for all. (Posted on 5/17/2019)
Well Prepared courseReview by Parks
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As a Keys resident and avid fisherman, there is a certain amount of knowledge and equipment required to safely and successfully navigate in Florida Everglades National Park. This is a very delicate environment that is quite remote in places. Cell phone coverage is often unavailable. This course does a good job of introducing a boater of what needs to be considered before attempting to operate in this area. I still would recommend spending some time going with an experienced boater who knows the area before attempting it on your own for the first time. After the recent storms, not all of the channel markers are preset making it very easy for someone who is not familiar to end up running aground in this delicate environment. (Posted on 5/12/2019)
Very Educational Review by Sankebight 14
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We used to visit Flamingo a lot from 1999-2004. Recently completing a new boat build I am excited to start visiting the park and bringing my 4 year daughter, my priorities and responsibilities have changed from the old days. Learning about the new zones and general boaters safety makes me feel like the Park Service is doing all that they can to keep myself and family safe! (Posted on 5/8/2019)
GreatReview by Alexander
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Helpful Information! (Posted on 5/7/2019)
ExcellentReview by James
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Lots of excellent material especially charts and rules to follow (Posted on 5/6/2019)
This is a great course!Review by Marie
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The course information is easy to follow ! (Posted on 5/3/2019)
Well done Review by Greg
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Well written informative program (Posted on 4/30/2019)
Great course.Review by Steven
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The course covers essential material without burdening the student with unnecessary details. (Posted on 4/28/2019)
very educationalReview by Mary
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I enjoyed learning about the rules of the Everglades. (Posted on 4/27/2019)
Great infoReview by Deiky
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A must (Posted on 4/26/2019)
Very informativeReview by Michael
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Every boater needs to take this course (Posted on 4/25/2019)
Well Done!Review by Andrew
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Course was very informative and appropriate to ensure safe boating and preservation of our National Parks and its Wildlife. (Posted on 4/23/2019)
Good courseReview by Sean
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Actually, I enjoyed the course. (Posted on 4/19/2019)
Good summary of the requirementsReview by Paul
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Even for an experienced boater and user of the Park, you can't help but learn something new from the course. While the requirement is onerous, it is very good to make folks take it. From this they should understand obligations to protect resources, both inside and also outside the Park boundaries. (Posted on 4/19/2019)
Great CourseReview by Eric
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I believe this course will help protect the park moving forward. (Posted on 4/17/2019)
Its a good teaching tool... Review by Neil
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This was a good teaching tool for boaters not knowing the area.. but making boaters take the course to obtain a permit is a little excessive.. So now you need Boating permit... Fishing permit... Everglades Park Boating permit... My flats boat will have all kinds of permits onboard.. (Posted on 4/16/2019)
Good general boating knowledgeReview by Beth
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Good review of the waters around ENP (Posted on 4/15/2019)
Very InformativeReview by Skylar
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Lets keep the park healthy and in its natural state! (Posted on 4/10/2019)
Very easy to use!Review by Jim
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Reasonable test for knowledge, easy to understand format... (Posted on 4/10/2019)
Very well.Review by Jeanne
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Wasn't to bad! When I first heard about having to take a boater test i was upset. I have lived in Everglades City my whole life. Every year things are changing here in our small town. (Posted on 4/9/2019)
stupidReview by Shawn
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you shouldn't have to take this to use a public park (Posted on 4/1/2019)
Good education Review by Frank
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Gained new knowledge! (Posted on 4/1/2019)
UsefulReview by WALTER
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The Course is useful for inexperienced everglades visitors. The opening statement about the everglades being in danger from the rising waters due to Climate Change is another example of liberal propaganda BS. (Posted on 3/28/2019)
Well done.Review by Isaac
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Well done course. Great information. Hopefully it helps. (Posted on 3/26/2019)
excellentReview by Yolanda
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highly recommend (Posted on 3/19/2019)
Good informationReview by Oscar
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I'm 62 years old and after navigating the Everglade National Park for over 30 years, I learn a lot of new ways to protect myself and the park. (Posted on 3/17/2019)
easy and helpfulReview by Brock Buckner
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This course was very simple but was still educational. This is helpful for experienced and amateur boaters. i have navigated the everglades many times, but I still learned some tips such as to, look for birds when taking a blind corner. (Posted on 3/12/2019)
pretty goodReview by Michael
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some links not working (Posted on 3/6/2019)
Thank youReview by Sean
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Thank you for providing very basic, yet very important information for boaters and fishermen who plan to be in the Park. Although I didn’t learn anything as I am a Naples, Florida native, it is refreshing to know that inexperienced boaters wishing to enter the Park legally should have a good understanding of some basic Park laws and common sense from your course. So many rookies to the area can be a hazard to other boaters and our wildlife. So, thank you for the easy to follow boater course and comprehensive quiz! (Posted on 2/28/2019)
Well DoneReview by Bobber
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Glad to see we didn't waste our time at the IGFA meetings when the education course was first proposed. Job well done. (Posted on 2/25/2019)
Good start.Review by Clarence
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For persons new to ENP, I support all education to help them understand the surroundings. For someone who grew up fishing the flats, this seems like a yearly money grab. Hope they spend the money on more channel markers and fix the Lake O situation. Those two things would go a long way toward saving the grassflats and lives. (Posted on 2/25/2019)
Quick and easyReview by MIGUEL
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Good refresher. Mostly common sense. (Posted on 2/21/2019)
Excellent and essential informationReview by Manuel
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Very informative.I would have gladely taken this course even if it was not required. (Posted on 2/18/2019)
Good review Review by Glenda
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Good refresher for all users of the parks (Posted on 2/17/2019)
A good course for someone new to ENP or a good review for others.Review by Glenn
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I boat in ENP but do not have a flats boat or a bay boat. Good reminder to be careful and stay in the channels. Also reminded of how significant wind and tides can be when boating in ENP. (Posted on 2/13/2019)
Well doneReview by Stephen
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Helpful interesting information. I particularly like the format. The people doing this understand education, they accomodated all learning styles. Well done! (Posted on 2/13/2019)
GoodReview by Tyler
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Well done (Posted on 2/10/2019)
Good basic information for those unfamiliar with ENPReview by William
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Good basic information for those unfamiliar with ENP (Posted on 2/10/2019)
InformativeReview by N
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Easy (Posted on 2/7/2019)
Test was Rey much common senseReview by Michael
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Good test (Posted on 2/6/2019)
worthwhileReview by EDWARD
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good summary (Posted on 2/6/2019)
Excellent courseReview by Ronald
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Excellent course. I learned a lot of things that you don’t think about. If everyone would follow these requirements the Everglades National Park will be around for a long time for future generations to in joy. (Posted on 2/3/2019)
GoodReview by KELLEY
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Good information (Posted on 2/1/2019)
good for everyoneReview by Thomas
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good corse (Posted on 1/30/2019)
Worthwhile hope this will help all boaters in the ParkReview by Eddie
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Good course this should help all boaters in the park (Posted on 1/24/2019)
Educational Review by William
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Good refresher (Posted on 1/23/2019)
NaReview by Gregory
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Na (Posted on 1/20/2019)
Useful knowledge to create better boatersReview by Craig
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Useful knowledge to create better boaters (Posted on 1/15/2019)
ImpressedReview by Lizzie
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I was impressed with how in depth this course was. I boat a lot in the Everglades for research and appreciated all of the links and supplemental information that was provided! Just one comment; on the list of "rare residents" the pictures labeled as a loggerhead sea turtle (threatened) is a picture of a green sea turtle (endangered). (Posted on 1/14/2019)
Good courseReview by Michael
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Needs info about loud music and excessive Noise. (Posted on 1/13/2019)
GreatReview by Alex
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Easy (Posted on 1/12/2019)
Very BasicReview by Pete
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The course is fine for first time visitors to park. In my opinion, boaters to ENP are more experienced than what the course covers. This course is better suited for the Rental Boats or Homestead Bayfront Park crowd. (Posted on 1/7/2019)
GoodReview by C. Derek
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Informative (Posted on 1/6/2019)
Very thoroughReview by williams
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It was another good example of the parks oversite (Posted on 1/6/2019)
informative still a lot to teach people Review by Mark
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Would be nice to let the people who rent boats and canoes this info. especially about wind and tides. (Posted on 1/6/2019)
Good job!Review by Gary
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I thought all points were pertinent and well described.

I had some technical problems though, which may be due to my older computer. Each time I followed a link to "more information" and tried to return to the main course I had to start from the beginning again. (Posted on 1/5/2019)
Great job.. Helpful for everyone especially for people who have no knowlegde of the ParkReview by TED
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Great job. (Posted on 1/5/2019)
greatReview by Alexander
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learned a few new things as well as refreshed my knowledge (Posted on 1/5/2019)
very goodReview by bradd
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This was long over due as a help to all that visit the Park both for safety and enjoyment. This will serve the resource well. A lot of good information covering many topics.. (Posted on 1/4/2019)
excellentReview by Sam
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Very good CBT (Posted on 1/4/2019)
Pretty decent infoReview by chase
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Pretty good info and glad to see them trying to preserve our fishery (Posted on 1/4/2019)
Good for out of state visitors or new boatersReview by Robert
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Good for out of state visitors or new boaters, but the content is consistent with inshore boating anywhere in Florida. (Posted on 1/3/2019)
Worth Doing!Review by Jeff
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I learned a lot and had fun. Thank you! (Posted on 1/3/2019)
good reviewReview by Robert
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Learned a few things I was not aware of. (Posted on 1/2/2019)
Great courseReview by Timothy
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Great corse (Posted on 1/2/2019)
Great courseReview by John
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I’ve been fishing in chokoloskee for years. Good info (Posted on 1/2/2019)
Good infoReview by Reginald
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Good info (Posted on 1/2/2019)
GoodReview by Zachary
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Valuable for the people not familiar with the park. (Posted on 1/2/2019)
informativeReview by Leslie
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HAPPY TO SEE THIS IS BEING INFORCED TO HELP CONSERVE AND PROTECT OUR EVERGLADES (Posted on 1/2/2019)
WTG NPSReview by Kevin
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Definitely needed for new and experienced NP boaters. Im glad this was implemented. (Posted on 1/2/2019)
GreatReview by Joaquin
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Great review, should also be offered as a class setting as the required "hunter's safety course." (Posted on 1/2/2019)
pointlessReview by Kyle
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very biased answers to very general questions. all common logic was absent in this course. (Posted on 1/1/2019)
Ok general knowledge Review by James
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Ok for a starting point (Posted on 1/1/2019)
GreatReview by Ryan
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Nice course. Informative (Posted on 1/1/2019)
Some of the test questions were a little vagueReview by Justin
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A good course, you could dive a little deeper into conservation practices (Posted on 12/31/2018)
excellentReview by robert
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will return for reference (Posted on 12/31/2018)
ExcellentReview by Dan
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Great course,thank you. (Posted on 12/31/2018)
This provided me with the knowledge I need for safe boating in ENP.Review by Phillip
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This provided me with the knowledge I need for safe boating in ENP. (Posted on 12/31/2018)
greatReview by james
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fun (Posted on 12/31/2018)
GreatReview by Brooks
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A little better direction on getting to the assessment quiz part. (Posted on 12/31/2018)
Very good for beginners coming to ENPReview by Steven
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I would like to see this required for all boaters that enter ENP, not just power boats .Everyone needs to understand and protect this fragile environment including paddlers. (Posted on 12/31/2018)
GreatReview by Derek
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Great (Posted on 12/31/2018)
Great courseReview by NA
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Glad we finally have a course that'll teach people more about the park. (Posted on 12/31/2018)
Good reviewReview by Jaret
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very good information (Posted on 12/31/2018)
Just right Review by Chris
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ExcellentReview by Ronald
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Excellent course, happy I took the time to complete the education (Posted on 12/31/2018)
Good Review by Mark
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Good for people that have never boated before. (Posted on 12/30/2018)
GoodReview by Chris
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Good (Posted on 12/30/2018)
This course is very informative! Review by Corey
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Excellent information! (Posted on 12/30/2018)
Good information for boating in the parkReview by Arnold
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Information helpful. Good info on how to get through the shallow areas in the park. (Posted on 12/30/2018)
Course helpful. Course navigation poorReview by Arnold
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Having gone through the course navigating to the place to take the test is poor. Cam’t Get to the test. (Posted on 12/30/2018)
SummaryReview by Jake
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Review (Posted on 12/30/2018)
ReviewReview by Marc
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Informative even for someone who has run the Park for years. Thanks! (Posted on 12/30/2018)
One step in the right direction. Hopefully it helps the new boaters but if unsure hire a guide Review by Will
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One step in the right direction. Hopefully it helps the new boaters but if unsure hire a guide (Posted on 12/30/2018)
Good courseReview by Alexander
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Informative (Posted on 12/30/2018)
N/aReview by Luis
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N/a (Posted on 12/30/2018)
Necessary?Review by Ryan
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Educational (Posted on 12/26/2018)
Excellent courseReview by John
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I’m a 100 ton captain and us coast guard coxswain and boarding officer. Excellent course. (Posted on 12/24/2018)
Very informativeReview by Jorge
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very informative (Posted on 9/6/2018)
JUST RIGHTReview by BDEDWARDS4
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INFORMATIVE (Posted on 9/3/2018)
JUST RIGHTReview by BDEDWARDS4
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VERY INDEPTH COURSE WITH MANY LINKS TO DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION AND WEBSITES TO HAVE A COMPLETE VISITOR EXPERIENCE! (Posted on 9/3/2018)
Informational and entertainingReview by Max
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The multi-media was appreciated (Posted on 7/10/2018)
Boating Permit ReviewReview by Noah
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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)
Boating Permit ReviewReview by David
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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
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This provided me with knowledge on this subject. (Posted on 12/21/2017)
Very goodReview by Ernie
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Better direction to course assessment would be helpful. (Posted on 10/29/2017)
GreatReview by Ryan
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Great (Posted on 10/11/2017)

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