Safety Classes

The Monica Burguera Foundation is holding a free boating safety class in English and Spanish once a month.

The classes, taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-certified instructors, cover everything boaters need to know about watercraft safety, and aim to cut down on boating accidents and fatalities. They are offered in English and Spanish.

Thanks to the MBF’s e efforts, 8,000 students have completed the program and earned a USCG Auxiliary Certificate of Accomplishment and a Florida Boating Safety Identification card, which is required to operate a boat for people born on or after January 1, 1988.

Many insurance companies offer 10-15 percent discounts for boaters with a USCG certificate.

Subjects covered in the class include: an introduction to boating, personal safety, boat handling, navigation, boating problems, radiotelephone operation, trailering, water sports and legal and state requirements.

How to Register

You can register for a class directly on the US Coast Guard website. Once there, provide your zip code and submite. You may select any class called Boat America or Navegando América. Those classes are sponsored by the Monica Burguera Foundation. You may also contact us for assistance.

The MBF was established in memory of Monica Burguera, a 20-year-old Florida International University student who died in a tragic boating accident during the 2006 Columbus Day Regatta weekend festivities in Miami.

Graduates

Year Classes Total Students Under 17
2008 16 264 73
2009 11 112 36
2010 17 339 59
2011 22 497 52
2012 22 628 72
2013 26 716 76
2014 31 979 99
2015 31 948 152
2016 30 822 192
2017 27 643 94
2018 25 514 75
2019 28 609 128
2020 28 1239 348
2021 10 636 29