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The best thing you can do for your safety and the safety of your passengers and other boaters is simple ... Don’t Drink and Boat!

Because you can drink faster than your system can burn the alcohol off, there is an increasing level of alcohol in your blood. This level is referred to as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

02 Law

Florida takes a strong stand against underage drinking while operating a vessel. Commonly referred to as the “.02 Law,” those boaters under 21 years of age who are found with a measurable breath alcohol level of 0.02 or higher are subject to receiving a citation with minimum mandatory sentencing. If a person under 21 is above a 0.08 breath alcohol concentration, he or she also can be charged with BUI.

Tough Penalties!

Any person who is convicted of BUI can be fined up to $5,000 and be sentenced to one year in jail if he or she had a blood alcohol or breath alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher or was accompanied in the vessel by a person under 18 years of age at the time of the offense.

Requirements Specific to Personal Watercraft (PWCs)

In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their watercraft.

Everyone on board or being towed behind a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not to be worn on personal watercraft.


An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.


PWCs may not be operated during the hours between one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise. Due to navigation light requirements, PWCs without navigation lights may operate only between sunrise and sunset.


No one under the age of 14 years may operate any PWC.


No one under the age of 18 years may rent or lease a PWC.


A PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. It is illegal to:

Weave your PWC through congested waterway traffic.

Swerve at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision (as in spraying

another person or vessel, or playing “chicken”).

Jump the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to that

vessel or when visibility is obstructed.