Governor Lamont extends Connecticut's State of Emergency to May 20, 2021 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:
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.
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.
Safe Boating Course Agents (Private Providers):
|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*
Check availability for the “Boat America" formerly known as "About Boating Safely” classes here:
|United States Power Squadron*
Note: CT does not accept the national online US Power Squadron course. Reach out to your local squadron to see if they are conducting a CT approved virtual video conferencing course.
Contact: Peri Burns
DEEP On-Line Combination Safe Boating / PWC Classes
|May 10 & 12||5 p.m. to 9 p.m.||FULL||N/A||None|
|May 16||8 a.m. to 4 p.m.||FULL||N/A||None|
|May 17 & 18||8 a.m. to 12 p.m.||FULL||N/A||None|
|May 19 & 20||5 p.m. to 9 p.m.||FULL||N/A||None|
|June 7 & 8||5 p.m. to 9 p.m.||FULL||N/A||None|
|June 21||8 a.m. to 4 p.m.||OPEN||Register Here||None|
|June 22 & 23||5 p.m. to 9 p.m.||OPEN||Register Here||None|
|No Other DEEP Classes Scheduled.Other Class Options.|
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|
|May 18, 2021||6 pm to 8 pm||Open||Register Here||None|
|No DEEP Classes Scheduled.Other Class Options.