Connecticut recognizes that certain virtual boating courses meet the requirements to be considered a classroom course. DEEP and our partners will be utilizing both traditional in-person and virtual courses to teach the Connecticut safe boating course. Connecticut approved courses can be found on the website below.  All classes will remain 8 hours in length. DEEP will continue to offer the Equivalency Exam on-line and in-person on select dates. 

Information for Connecticut approved 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.

In-Person Combination Safe Boating/ PWC Classes

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

All students must bring their Conservation Identification number to the class. Student who have a fishing or hunting license will find the Conservation  Identification number on their license. Students who do not have a fishing or hunting license can create a free Conservation ID number at

 Town  Sponsor/Location Dates/Time Register Class
 Ledyard Ledyard Park & Rec
Ledyard Middle School
CT Route 12, Gales Ferry
Jan 24, 26, 31 & 2/2
 Register Here Residents
Non-Resident $25 
 Griswold  Pachaug Outdoor Club
178 Banjo Sullivan Road
Feb 11 
8:30am -5pm
Register Here   $20
 Stonington Stonington High School Feb 21 & 23
Register Here  $15
 Old Lyme CT DEEP
DEEP Marine HQ
333 Ferry Road 
 Feb 22 & 23
Register Here    Free
Manchester  Manchester Community College April 3,5 & 10
 Register Here $25
 Bridgeport  East End Yacht Club
104 Bay Street 
April 29 & 30
9am -2pm 
Register Here Area Yacht Club Members
& Family- $20
Non-Area Yacht Club Members $25  
 Manchester Manchester Community College   May 15, 17 & 22
 Register Here  $25

DEEP On-Line/Virtual 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
No other On-Line/Virtual DEEP Classes Scheduled.


In Person 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.

Town Sponsor/Location Dates/Time
Class Status Register: Class Fee

No other DEEP Classes Scheduled. Other Class Options.

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: James Frayer
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.