Governor Lamont extends Connecticut's State of Emergency to February 15, 2022 which suspends certain legal restraints enabling DEEP and our partners to provide on-line safe boating courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Dykes also issued an Order with details for this effort.  Specifically, the on-line classes will be held on an interactive videoconferencing platform which provide the opportunity for dialog between the instructors and students.  DEEP will now also allow the boating safety course students or those wishing to take an equivalency examination to take an on-line examination. 

Information for classes can be found below:

Successful completion of the class qualifies a person to purchase for $50 their Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) on the Online Sportsmen Licensing System.  The CPWO allows an individual to operate any recreational vessel up to 65ft. including a personal watercraft. Please check age restrictions for operating vessels with engines greater than 10 horsepower and personal watercraft.

DEEP On-Line Combination Safe Boating / PWC Classes

The on-line classes are 8 hours long and will be held on an interactive videoconferencing platform which provides the opportunity for dialogue between the instructors and students. As part of this instruction, a proctored exam will be administered and graded at the end of the class. Each student must have their own device (i.e. laptop, tablet or smartphone) with audio and video capabilities.

Dates Time Class
To Register: Class
Jan 3 & 4 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed N/A None
Feb 7 & 8 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed N/A None
Mar 7 & 8 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed N/A None
April 4 & 5 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed N/A None
May 2 & 3 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed  N/A None
No Other DEEP Classes Scheduled. Other Class Options.


In-Person Combination Safe Boating/ PWC Classes

These classes are at least 8 hours long and range between two and four sessions. 

 Town  Sponsor  Location Dates Time Register Class
 Ledyard Ledyard Parks & Rec Dept. Ledyard Middle School 
(Computer Rm)
February 7,9,14,16 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. 

(860) 464-9112
Out of Town: $20
 Norwalk Norwalk Community College   Norwalk Community College  April
5, 7 & 12 
6 p.m. to
9 p.m.   $25 

Safe Boating Course Agents (Private Providers)

Approved Safe Boating Course Agents are organizations that are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the State of Connecticut to teach boating education that will lead to certification. 

America’s Boating Club / (US Power Squadrons)
America’s Boating Club offers in-person boating courses from 18 squadrons located throughout the state of Connecticut. Be aware that CT does not accept diplomas from outside of CT or the national online course.
Find a course near you by clicking the link:
Boat Safe Connecticut, LLC
Contact: Mark Vining
Connecticut Boating Certificate, LLC
Contact: Glenn Dean
Current Boating Education, LLC
Contact: Patrick Kilby
Green Marine Education
Contact: Yale Greenman
Landfall Navigation Limited
Contact: William Jessup
Northeast Marine Education
Contact: Jeffrey Hotsky
Safe Boating America, Inc.
Contact: Richard Werner
Sea Safe Boating
Contact: Karl Koch
Sound Environment Associates, LLC
Contact: Greg Trotta
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary*
USCG Auxiliary teaches offers in-person boating courses throughout state. Be aware that only courses taught in Connecticut are accepted for Connecticut boating certificates. Check availability for the “Boat America" formerly known as "About Boating Safely” classes by clicking the
US Sailing
Contact: Peri Burns
*Not all USPS and CG Auxiliary courses include the Connecticut supplemental information that is required to receive a Connecticut boating certificate.  Please inquire with the Flotilla, Squadron or Boating Division before taking the class. 

On-Line Personal Watercraft Classes
Personal Watercraft Classes are 2 1/2 hours long. They are intended for individuals who would like to upgrade their Safe Boating Certificate to the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation or to be eligible for a temporary personal watercraft certificate for first-time registered owners of a personal watercraft.

On-Line Personal Watercraft Classes
Dates Time Class Status To Register: Class Fee
 July 14, 2021  5 pm to 7:30 pm CLOSED N/A  None
No Other DEEP Classes Scheduled. Other Class Options.