Boating Safety

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Located next to one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, boating traffic in the park is heavy. 90 percent of park visitors enter the park by boat.

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Each year people are killed or injured in boating accidents that could have been avoided. While boating, please keep the following basics in mind -

  • Maintain proper lookout
  • Operate at a safe speed
  • Wear a lifejacket
  • Drink responsibly
  • Stay 300 feet from a divers down flag, or slow down
  • Be careful around the bow or gunwales while underway
  • Learn more from the U.S. Coast Guard or Florida boating safety

Free boating classes!

  • Class topics; natural resources, safety, navigation rules, boater liability and how to get involved at local national parks
  • Call 305-230-1144 x041 to register or for more information
  • Spanish language classes are available

Columbus Day weekend information

Required safety equipment -

  • Lifejackets - correct sizes for each person. All those under six years old must wear a lifejacket (vessels < 26 feet)
  • Throwable type IV flotation device (vessels > 16 feet)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Visual distress kit
  • Sound making device (horn or whistle)
  • Dive flag (if snorkeling or diving)

Recommended equipment -

  • Anchor and line
  • Radio (with US Coast Guard hailing and distress Channel 16)
  • Nautical chart so you don't run aground
  • First aid kit

Last updated: November 2, 2017

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way

Homestead, FL 33033


305 230-1144

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