Recreational Boating Statistics For Florida 2022

Saving lives starts with education

Jay here, founder of Boat Savvy, a company focused on preventing accidents and fatalities on the water. We connect boat owners of all experience levels with qualified Captains to provide boating lessons on the water. 

It is our mission to educate boat owners about the benefits of boat training and further education beyond basic online boating safety courses. 

Below you can find accident statistics for your state, taken directly from U.S. Coast Guard data. We make it easily available to see how safe your local waters are. 

Long story short, we want to make them safer.

Florida Boat Accidents, Fatalities and Injuries 

Reported boating accidents in Florida in 2022 were 712, which was a decline of 11 accidents from 2021. There was an increase in the amount of accidents per 100,000 registered boaters by 56%, from 4.10 to 6.41. 

Florida Boating Accidents

There were 65 fatal accidents in Florida in 2022, which is an 8% increase from 2021. 

Florida Boating Fatal Accident Statistics 2018-2022

There were 448 injuries from boating accidents in Florida in 2022, which is a .06% decrease. 

Florida Boating Injury Statistics

Top 5 Counties for Boat Accidents in Florida 2022

Population density and registered vessels plays an important factor in determining which counties in Florida see the most accidents. Below are the top 5 counties that had the most boat accidents in 2022. 

  1. Monroe County – 92
  2. Miami Dade County – 90
  3. Palm Beach County – 49
  4. Pinellas County – 40
  5. Lee County – 37
Top 5 Counties in Florida Boating Accident Stats

Most Dangerous Month for Boating in Florida 

May was the most dangerous month for boating in Florida in 2022. There were 89 reported accidents and 12 report fatalities. 

Florida Boat Accident Types

The majority of boat accidents are collisions with other recreational vessels. The contributing factors of these types of accidents are operation inattention, operator inexperience, and machinery failure. It is important to be a safe and attentive boater at all times to avoid collisions with other vessels. Learning the rules of the road, navigation, and proper maneuvering can help reduce the risk of collision. 

Possible Causes for Boat Accidents in Florida

There are numerous reasons that boat accidents occur. Hazardous waters, alcohol use, and excessive speed are some of the causes. 

One of the biggest causes of boat accidents in 2022 is operator inexperience and inattention. 

In order to operate a motorboat of ten (10) horsepower or greater, Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC.

Majority of boat operators take an online boating safety course. While this is a great step up from no education, we don’t believe this is enough to prevent and reduce accidents on our waters. The next step is to further your skills and education by getting a lesson from a qualified captain.

Although inexperience is a major factor, any experience level can benefit from a lesson to refresh his or her skills on the water, and learn a new tip that could potentially save a life or prevent an accident. 

Florida Alcohol-Related Boat Accidents, Injuries & Fatalities 

Another significant contributing factor in the number of boat accidents is the use of alcohol by boat operators. Total alcohol related boat accidents, injuries and fatalities decreased in 2022 from the previous year, but are still a cause of concern when it comes to boating accidents.

Book a Boating Lesson From a Qualified Captain in Florida

At Boat Savvy, we take boat safety seriously for a reason. We are on a mission to help provide a safe and enjoyable boating environment for all. 

That is why we created an easy way to find local captains that provide on the water training and instruction. Get in touch with a local Florida Captain today and become a safer boater. 



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Boat Savvy can connect you with local Captains in your area that provide boating lessons. Online safety courses are not enough to prevent accidents and fatalities from increasing. We are doing our part to spread the word, and we hope that you consider protecting yourself, your family and others.