About Boating Safety Curriculum


This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate in Connecticut

To Start the Process:

1) Obtain your Conservation ID from the State of CT. Click Here 

2) Register for a Class


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Class Date
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Please Note: All students will need to get a State of CT Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class.

Class Location: (Jennings Beach) end of the South Benson Marina parking lot, near the jetty.
Class Time: 0800 - 1700 (5:00 pm)

Registration Time: 1300(1:00pm) - 1600(4:00pm)

 Registration Date

 Class Date

 11 March 2018  18 March 2018
 08 April 2018  15 April 2018
12 May 2018   20 May 2018
 10 June 2018  24 June 2018
 14 July 2018  22 July 2018

Topics Include

Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water Skiing – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.