Certified Waterfront Specialist (CWS)

With over 70 Sarasota and Manatee waterways, REALTORS® with waterfront background and experience are in high demand. There are specific considerations and criteria that a REALTOR® must know, and knowledge they must have when dealing with buying and selling waterfront property. This course will cover many of these considerations, the aspects, legalities, pitfalls and advantages of working with waterfront property. Dive deep into topics that are specific to this specialty and become a Certified Waterfront Specialist and local expert.

In this class, students will learn:

  • Different types of waterfront properties.
  • Knowledge of bridge heights, tides and water depths.
  • Docks & Seawalls – What you can do, can’t do, need to look into, permitting process, ability to rebuild, etc.
  • Riparian Rights & Water Use Rights – As an upland owner, what do you have the right to do?
  • What does an upland owner mean, etc.
  • Waterfront & Bathymetric Surveys: What you need included on your survey request (riparian lines, dune system, mean high waterline, water depths,
    existence of seagrasses, etc.)
  • Coastal Construction/Remodels & Variances: Adding on to existing waterfront property, tearing down and building from scratch, building on vacant land.
  • Environmental Considerations
  • FARBAR Contract considerations for buyers and sellers (due diligence periods, disclosures, CCCL disclosure, etc.)
  • 50% Rule – we’d bring in an appraiser to get into the nitty-gritty of these appraisals and how the process works.
  • Flood Insurance – what’s covered, what’s not. How much coverage should one have?
  • FEMA Letter of Map Revision and FEMA Letters of Map Amendments – when does a property meet the criteria to apply for flood map revision and potentially bring the structure out of a flood zone or have it reduced?

To obtain the certification you must:

  1. Complete RASM’s 6 Hour Class and earn a score of 70 or more on the written exam.
  2. Complete Application and submit Application fee ($20).
  3. To qualify for the certification, an applicant must have 2 qualifying waterfront transactions 24 months prior and/or 24 months after class completion.

Upon completion, the certified agent will receive the following benefits:

  • Use of the CWS (Certified Waterfront Specialist) acronym, name, and logo.
  • Access to RASM’s waterfront resources.
  • Name listed in the RASM’s CWS database.


Abygael Carlin Brooks
Alexander Walker
Alison Stottlemyer
Amanda Bray
Angelica Ramos
Anita Darvai
Anita Lambert
Antoinette Lyon
Arlene Buckmaster
Ashley Nevadomski
Barbara Williams
Brian ODonnell
Bridgette Dougherty
Carole Muscat
Carol Lynn Burdelik
Cassidy Calman
Celinda Moore Scollo
Christa Spalding
Christina Minnick
Colleen Finnegan
Cynthia Fischer
David P Clapp
David Crawford
David Stasney
David Swenson
Diane Fogo Harter
Dianne Altieri
Douglas Figgins
Elizabeth Anzellini

Elizabeth DeArmond
Erin Leathem
Eugene Smith
Frank Zeckel
Fred Sassen
Hannah Hillyard
Harriet Stopher
Heidi Johnson
Helen Carlsen
Jackie Eberley
Jacqueline de Manio Eberley
Janice Litke
Jeanine Wood
Jennifer Russo
Jennifer Williams
Jessica Bow
Joanna Benante
Joleen Dimino
Jo Lee Mansfield
Joelene Fischer
John Brink
Jon Marc Swift
Jordan Chancey
Josie Cline
Julia Montei
Julianna Tremblay
Kathleen Margaret Cintron

Katherine Marshall
Kathryn Cooper
Kimberly Mills
Kristen Marie Haines
Kristine H Niehaus
Lawrence Lonson
Linda M Zuffa
Linda Ren
Lisa A Matthews
Lisa A Sebastian
Lisa Gaines
Lisa Garcia
Lisa Harris
Liza Knipe
Lori Turkovics
Lorna Yankee
Lynett Callahan
Marcia Railton
Marian Walsh
Marie Ann Kinard
Mark Blocker
Mary Beth Hudson
Melinda Vass
Monica DeSomma
Nathan Butrum
Nicolas Wikoff
Nicole DeSantis

Pamela Modisett
Pamela Pileggi
Patricia Chandler
Paul Holbrook
Peter West
Puntaree Steele
Rebecca Samler
Richard Johnson
Robert Burks
Robert Halbman
Sandra Lynn Price
Sandra Sexe
Scott Robert Haddow
Shana Marci
Sharla Gregrich
Sherry C Adams
Sheryl O’Keefe
Stephen James Velliquette
Tamara Currey
Tayna Vy Lilly
Thomas W Hedge SR
Thomas Woodward
Tina Rudek Stark
Tonya Miller-Turczyn
Vaughn Macloughlin
Vannesa Poole
Wendy Lu Kesslak
William Burns