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Inland Boat Operator Training Program (IBOT)

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The Inland Boat Operator Training Program (IBOT) was developed to enable the novice vessel operator the skills necessary to safely operate their vessel in a law enforcement capacity. This one week program focuses on law enforcement officers who infrequently operate boats, or have specific areas of responsibility on inland waterways.

Type: Advanced

Length: 5 Days (includes 1 night exercise)


  • Vessel Handling
  • Preventive Maintenance 
  • Nautical Terminology 
  • Marlinespike Seamanship 
  • Safety and Emergency Equipment 
  • Inland Piloting
  • Navigation Rules 
  • Emergency Procedures 
  • Motorboat Trailering 
  • The Global Positioning System and Its Accuracy 
  • Introduction to Radar and Chartplotters 
  • Boarding Procedures


The lead instructors for the IBOT are current and former law enforcement officers with extensive experience piloting government, commercial, and civilian vessels.  Marine instructors have extensive investigative and police experience with a multitude of federal and state agencies and many have served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  These instructors are highly skilled and experienced with law enforcement functions on lakes and inland waterways.

Prerequisites for Attendance

Students must be law enforcement officers with marine law enforcement duties that do not require offshore operations. The program involves long hours of underway vessel operations in all conditions. Students should be in good physical condition and capable of meeting established FLETC Physical Performance Requirements (PPRs).

Contact Information

Training Dates

IBOT 501 / Glynco, GA -- Nov 03, 2014 to Nov 07, 2014
IBOT 502 / Glynco, GA -- May 04, 2015 to May 08, 2015