The mission of the Florida International University’s Boating Safety Program is to effectively provide training, support and oversight for the operators of small vessels used in research. As such, we must develop and implement university policy; adopt acceptable community standards for training; educate and train members in both safe and environmentally sound boating practices.
The purpose of the Boating Safety Program is to ensure that all FIU research related boating is conducted in a manner that will maximize protection of passengers from accidental injury, and to set forth standards for training and certification for FIU personnel and their affiliates.Scope
The FIU Boating program is responsible for all FIU sanctioned research activities involving the use of small vessels. This widespread reach applies to all individuals who wish to operate any vessel used for research under the auspices of the FIU regardless of ownership. This includes all disciplines at the Florida International University along with any of the FIU affiliate groups.Operator Requirements
Three basic requirements must be met to conduct boating activities under the official auspices of FIU:
When utilizing commercial charter vessels it is normally assumed that the vessel owners will have adequate training, that vessels meet all Coast Guard requirements, and that float plan notification will be carried out by the vessel operators. However, it is a prudent action for FIU personnel engaging a charter company to enquire about their status.
When operating personal vessels, FIU personnel should always file a float plan copy with the BSO. By doing so, the activity becomes officially sanctioned and FIU liability for the excursion is extended.Crew Requirements
The Boating Safety Office provides training to FIU research personnel involved in field and/or lab work. Training provided includes the following courses:
All policies and procedures must be followed as outlined in the FIU Boating Safety Manual.Need Assistance?
If you have any questions regarding the Boating Safety Program, please contact the Boating Safety Officer Mike Massaro. He can also be reached at: (305) 919-5228.