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:

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.

DEEP On-Line Combination Safe Boating / PWC Classes
Dates Time Class
To Register: Class
Nov 2 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Register Here None
Dec 15 & 16 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
2022 Classes
Jan 3 & 4 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
Feb 7 & 8 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
Mar 7 & 8 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
April 4 & 5 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
May 2 & 3 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Register Here None
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. 

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.
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  5 pm to 7:30 pm CLOSED N/A  None
No Other DEEP Classes Scheduled. Other Class Options.