Combination Class: Boating, Personal Watercraft, and Waterski Endorsement

Successful completion of the Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) class qualifies a person to purchase for $50 their Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation 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.

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

Please visit DEEP's Hunting & Fishing Education Registration page to sign up for a Boating CPWO class. You will have to Filter by Event Category to search for the upcoming Boating Classes. How to Register for a Boating Course

Please note: Course registration is limited to a pre-determined number of students for each location.


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:
America's Boating Club
Boat Safe Connecticut, LLC
Contact: Mark Vining
Connecticut Boating Certificate, LLC
Contact: Glenn Dean
Current Boating Education, LLC
Contact: Patrick Kilby
Clases disponibles en Espanol
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. 

DEEP will continue to offer the Equivalency Exam on-line and in-person on select dates. 

Host a Safe Boating Class

If you would like to host a Safe Boating Class, taught by a volunteer instructor, please fill out this form.