Orlando, FL, May 23, 2005: The American Safety Council announces its new online safe boating education course specifically designed for Florida boaters. The course is being launched to coincide with the start of Florida’s busy summer boating season as well as National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27, 2005).
“It’s important to realize that most boating accidents involve individuals with no formal boating safety education,” says Bob Proechel, president of the American Safety Council. “Many boating accidents can be prevented if new boaters make safety a priority, which includes taking a boating safety education course prior to venturing out on Florida’s waterways. The American Safety Council is pleased to make the Florida boating course available online for residents and visitors,” says Proechel.
Selected boating statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for 2003 (the most recent year for which statistics were available):
FLORIDA BOATER SAFETY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Anyone 21 years of age and under who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass a boater safety course and have in his/her possession photographic identification and a boater safety identification card issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The American Safety Council’s online basic boating safety course is approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is recognized by the United States Coast Guard. The course is fully accredited and meets the State of Florida’s requirements for basic boater safety education.
The course is available online at the following website: http://www.floridaboatingcourse.com. Students who successfully complete the course and exam receive a full size completion certificate, wallet certificate and are automatically reported to the State of Florida for issuance of their state boater education identification card. For more information, contact the American Safety Council at (800) 732-4135.
Students who successfully complete the course and exam receive a full size completion certificate, wallet certificate and are automatically reported to the State of Florida for issuance of their state boater education identification card.
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