Boating Safety Program

Mission and Purpose

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.

The Boating Safety Officer will be out of country and out of communication June 17th – June 28th.

If you have a dive plan signed by our Dive Safety Officer Roger Garcia and need to rent or return gear or tanks from BBC, please contact Bill Chamberlain ( and copy Roger Garcia (

In case of a non-emergency boating incident, please contact the Boating Safety Committee chair Dr. Joel Trexler (  In case of a boating emergency, please contact 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF channel 16, and then follow up with Dr. Joel Trexler.


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.


The Boating Safety Office provides training to FIU research personnel involved in field and/or lab work. Training provided includes the following courses:

  • American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Advanced First Aid courses based on operational requirements
  • DAN Oxygen Administration

Policies and Procedures

All policies and procedures must be followed as outlined in the FIU Boating Safety Manual.

Vessel Safety Checklist

Vessel Safety Checklist- Fillable

Float Plan

Float Plan- Fillable

Boating Safety Manual

Boating Safety Update 10/2014

All Hands Meeting


FIU Employee
*boaters are covered by workman’s comp ONLY in the performance of their assigned FIU duties*

FIU Boating Application and Information Sheet

Florida Safe Boater Courses

Non-FIU Employee
*only those who go through the HR volunteer/unpaid intern process are covered by workman’s comp; everyone else must have their own medical/health insurance.  Guests and observers cannot do work*

FIU Boating Application and Information Sheet

Florida Safe Boater Courses

Volunteer or Unpaid Intern Forms

SERC Waiver

Visiting Scientists and Trainees Waiver

Need Assistance?

If you have any questions regarding the Boating Safety Program, please contact the Boating Safety Officer Elizabeth McNamee. She can also be reached at: (305) 919-5228.