• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

Boating Education Class

Hard aground on a seagrass flat.
Hard aground on a seagrass flat.
 
Propeller of grounded vessel embedded in coral reef.

Propeller of grounded vesel embedded in coral reef.

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Did you run your boat aground in Biscayne National Park and a receive a citation? Or are you just interested in learning about the underwater world of Biscayne National Park, and want to become a better boater?

The Boating Education Class offers participants the chance to:

  • understand the importance of boater impact on sea grass flats and coral reefs
  • appreciate the immense value of the these precious resources
  • know the inherent liabilities as a boater in Florida
  • improve boating skills and learn how to safely navigate the waters of Biscayne National Park
  • protect your National Parks for future generations by becoming an ecologically conscious boater.

This three-hour class is offered quarterly at the Biscayne National Park Dante Fascell Visitor Center, and may be taken in exchange for your fine waived and the charges dismissed on one or more of your violations. The class is also open to the general public, and is free of charge to those who have NOT received tickets.

For more information on class dates and times, and to enroll, please contact the Boating Education Class Coordinator at 305-230-1144, extension 041.

Did You Know?

sea squirts on a mangrove root

Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.