Boating Safety

Clay County has more than 11,000 registered vessels. That’s a lot of traffic on our waterways!

Our agency’s Marine Unit includes one full-time deputy and one part-time deputy who cover the thirty-five square miles of waterways that are favorite destinations for boaters from around the region.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Marine UnitThese deputies work diligently with neighboring agencies including Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), United States Coast Guard, US Homeland Security and the Green Cove Springs Police Department. In addition, the CCSO maintains a great working relationship with the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 14-5. In 2014, our agency continued to work with the USCG Auxiliary to conduct monthly boating safety classes offered to the public. These classes are conducted free of charge and, last year, 226 students earned a Boating Safety Card recognized statewide as well as federally.

Interested in taking a boating safety course?

The class is taught by approved National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) certified instructors. Upon successful completion of the course the student will receive a state-issued Boating Safety Card. Persons born on or after January 1, 1988 are required to possess a Boater Safety Card to operate any motorized vessel greater than 10 hp. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more information, to reserve seats, to receive registration confirmation or to identify other dates when classes are offered, simply email ccsomvp@gmail.com

Marine Volunteer Program (MVP)

Clay County Sheriff's Office Marine Volunteer Program (MVP)The CCSO Marine Unit now has a program known as the Marine Volunteer Program (MVP). Volunteers from the CCSO VIPS Program complete specialized training to become our “eyes and ears” on the water. Since its conception, the MVP Unit has patrolled Black Creek, Doctors Lake and the St. Johns River. They assist the USCG Auxiliary with boating safety classes, visit local marinas and boat dealers with boating safety information, assist on National Boating Safety Week with boating safety inspections and inspect waterway markers on Black Creek and Doctors Lake.

Interested in becoming a VIPS MVP? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Bill Doolittle at (904) 213-6062 today!

Boating Safety TipsClay County Sheriff's Office conducts boating safety check

  • Make a float plan before going out to let someone know where you’ll be and what time you’ll return.
  • Take a cellular phone or a VHF radio with you so you can call for assistance.
  • Check local weather reports prior to leaving the ramp so you know what to expect.
  • Inspect your safety gear and replace any damaged or non-serviceable equipment.
  • Make sure you have a properly fitting Personal Flotation Device for every person on board.
  • Discuss emergency plans with passengers.
  • Consider getting towing insurance.

For more information on boating safety or marine complaints, contact Deputy Chris Castelli at 591-4621.

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