Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to spend your summer doing what you love most, then you’ll need to first learn how to do it safely!  At Connecticut Boating Certificates, we offer boaters a convenient way to obtain their official boating license online without going through the hassle of long courses and exams.  During our interactive online classes, we’ll prepare you and give you all the information you need to enjoy the water with confidence and pass your written test, including tips and techniques to help you succeed on your first try.  This course meets the state of Connecticut boating license requirements.  Are you ready for an adventure? Get started by following these steps and become a boater extraordinaire.

WHO needs this course?

Enjoy our entire section on Boating FAQ’s. The State of Connecticut requires a boating course for all new boat owners and anyone who plans to operate a motorized vessel. Additionally, it is also needed for someone operating a sailboat over 19 1/2 feet.

  • Is a resident of Connecticut
  • Is an owner of property in Connecticut
  • Plans to operate a vessel on Connecticut Waters for more than 60 days a year
  • Visit our Public Course Schedule Page for available classes
  • More in our Boating FAQ section below

WHAT will I learn?

Some of the topics include:
  • The Boat: Dimensions, Terms, & Design
  • Boating Equipment Requirements
  • Trip Planning and Preparation
  • Safe Boat Operation
  • Navigational Rules of the Water
  • Personal Watercraft, Jet Ski Operation
  • Safe Waterskiing Practices (See the Boating FAQs for Age Requirements)
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emily’s Law and Much More
  • More in our Boating FAQ Section Below

WHY take this course?

Connecticut Boating Certificates provides this course to:

  • One, dramatically increase safe practices while boating
  • Two, put you in the best position to pass the final Boaters Exam Connecticut DEEP urges Families & Friends to take this course
  • Three, have multiple educated operators on board
  • Finally, prepare operators and their families/friends for emergency situations
  • More in our Boating FAQ section below

WHAT else do I get?

The CT Boaters Guide digital download

  • All the supplemental materials referenced in your class
  • Thousands of pages of information such as books, articles, memos, and pictures
  • Some of the slides you saw in class
  • Digital charts of Long Island Sound and much, much more!
  • You’ll also find the current year’s Connecticut Boaters Guide helpful.  If you’d like, you can read it to prepare for your class.
  • More in our Boating FAQ section below