CT Safe Boaters Course

The first week in February SECONN will be hosting a two-night Connecticut Safe Boaters Course. This is a great opportunity to add another level to your diving adventure! The classroom portion will be FREE to current SECONN members and $10 to non-current members (normally $25). To complete your certification, you’ll also need to pay $50 directly to DEEP. The link will be provided as soon as you complete the classroom portion.

Who needs a Safe Boating Certificate?

To legally operate any boat with a motor, or a sailboat 19.5ft in length of longer, 

– residents of Connecticut,

– persons owning real property in Connecticut, or

– persons with vessels registered in Connecticut

must have either

– a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC),

– a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO) or 

– a valid vessel operator license* issued by the United States Coast Guard


– On inland bodies of water with a 10 horsepower limit and between on hour before sunrise and one hour after sunrise, a certificate is not required to operate a boat with an electric motor (rated at 106 lbs. of thrust or less). However, the vessel must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you have a valid vessel operator license issued by the United States Coast Guard you are not required to have a Safe Boating Certificate to operate a vessel other than a personal watercraft (i.e. trademarked brand names Jet Ski, Wave runner, Sea-Doo). You must have the current license on board the recreational vessel you are operating.