Virtual Boating Course - Starts February 23, 2021

CLICK RIGHT HERE TO REGISTER, and then CLICK RIGHT HERE TO PAY (pre-payment is required). 

Once you have registered you will receive the course text book, a chart, and other materials referenced in the course.

This "Virtual" Safe Boating Course will be presented by the Darien Sail & Power Squadron beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, continuing on consecutive Tuesday evenings for five classes with a review and an exam.

The course is virtual, via Zoom, but may include an on-the-water session later in the spring.  Graduates of the course are awarded a diploma that qualifies for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate (which is what Connecticut calls it's "boating license"), along with the Coastal Boater Endorsement and the new Safe Water-skiing Endorsement.  The Coastal Boater Endorsement recognizes students who complete courses that are more comprehensive than the minimum State requirements.

CLICK RIGHT HERE TO REGISTER, and then CLICK RIGHT HERE TO PAY (pre-payment is required).

The course will cover seamanship and basic boat handling, equipment and regulations, an introduction to charts and aids to navigation, basic piloting, and navigation rules.  The course is directed at general, practical issues of interest to all boaters, and is not targeted to either power or sail.

Connecticut’s Safe Boating Certificate regulations apply to all operators, regardless of age, of vessels registered in the state.

The cost of the class ($95) includes the text book and charts, with significant discounts available for multiple members of the same household.  

You may also send an e-mail to for further information or to receive a schedule of classes listing the topics that will be discussed on each date.  We will get back to you within 24 hours with an answer to your question.

Please let any family members, friends, or neighbors who might be interested, know about this course!

CLICK RIGHT HERE TO REGISTER, and then CLICK RIGHT HERE TO PAY (pre-payment is required).
For students who have registered in the course:

In 2013, the State of Connecticut introduced a new method for obtaining the CT Safe Boating Certificate.  Under the new system, the State will no longer issue the wallet-sized plastic card that looks like a driver's license.   Now, students who pass the course will be able to print their own copy of their certificate (and pay the state the same fee, $50).  This procedure uses the same system as now in effect for hunting and fishing licenses.  

The first step in this process is for students to obtain their FREE "Conservation ID number" - and let the course instructor know what it is.   This FREE process begins by going to this web address  If you have not created an account with the DEEP - then click on "New Customer - Create and Account."

Note that you will need to do this so that you can receive your CT Boating Certificate just after you graduate from this course.

WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR "CONSERVATION ID #" - please send it to the Boating Course Administrator - at    so that it may be kept on file - ready for your graduation ..... thanks.