Clean Boater Program
Safety and Reference
- Check weather and water conditions
- Understand the rules of the road
- Know how to operate your boat
Know This About Large Vessels
- They use the harbor’s dredged channel
- They are constrained by their draft and have the right ofway
- They probably cannot see you—beware
- They lose visual contact with small vessels as they get closer
For Your Safety with Large Vessels
- Do not cross between a tug and a barge!
- If you are unsure of a large vessels intentions, contact the vessel on VHF Channel 13
- Know your signals!
Safe Boating Education Courses
- Responsible boating offered by Connecticut DEEP Boating Division.
- Boating Skills/Seamanship, Sailing/Seamanship, and Advanced Coastal Navigation offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
- Safe boating and navigation offered by The U.S. Power Squadrons.
As a steward of Long Island Sound, please watch for and report all pollution spills — oil, fuel, sewage, hazardous materials, and marine debris. This applies to pollution from private or commercial boats, ships, bayside businesses, and industries. Also report pollution from storm drains and surface run-off emptying into the Sound.
To report all spills (oil, chemical, plastics, sewage, garbage, trash, and pollution) contact the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center toll-free at 800-424-8802 or the Connecticut DEEP Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division Toll Free at 1-866-DEP-SPIL (1-866-337-7745), 860-424-3338, or 860-424-3333.
Thanks for reporting spills. It’s good for the Sound and it’s good for everyone who enjoys this valuable resource.
Content Last Updated on December 26, 2019.