Everglades Boater Education Course

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

Reviews

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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(Posted on 12/31/2018)
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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