Here is an explanation of the new procedure,
necessary to prepare for the award of the course diploma and your
application for a CT Safe Boating Certificate.
At the end of the course we will give an exam that awards you a
squadron diploma known country-wide as an accomplishment and
achievement. The State of Connecticut recognizes this as
qualifying for the CT Safe Boating Certificate which is required
to operate a motor boat in the State, as well as a sail boat that
is 19.5' and over.
Up to the close of 2012, CT issued a plastic card, resembling
a Driver’s License, representing the CT Safe Boating Certificate.
As of 2013, this has been replaced by a sheet of paper that you
can print out on your home computer. The CT Safe Boating
Certificate is now being issued through the CT Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection's Online Sportsmen Licensing
System. This system has been phased-in over a number of years,
first with hunting and fishing licenses and now includes one for
boating. It enables you to buy these licenses, online, via a
secure State system.
Now, when you graduate from our course, and receive your diploma,
your instructors will "set a flag" in the state system -
authorizing you to buy a copy of your own Safe Boating
Certificate. The $50 fee is payable the first time you print your
own certificate. You can print additional certificates at no
cost. This makes it easy to replace if lost, and in fact enables
you to have one on board your vessel, and one in your wallet as
well, should you have the opportunity to operate a friend’s boat.
The first step in the process is for you to obtain you own
Conservation ID #. This is a number that will be
assigned to you once you complete the registration process at:
This site gives a good description of Connecticut's Online
Sportsmen Licensing System - describing the different licenses and certificates you may obtain from this single State web-site.
You may have an account with the State already (Fishing, Hunting, etc.) - if you do, then jump to the next step: send your Conservation ID# to our course administrator at email@example.com.
If you do not have an account with the State - then just follow their instructions to secure your Connecticut Conservation ID #.
The second step is to let the instructors know what your
Conservation ID # is so that once you have passed the exam we can
"set the flag" in the system for you to continue with the
process. Send your Conservation ID# to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon
The third step - for you - after you have passed the exam - is to
log on to the same system, using your own Conservation ID #, pay
your fee to the State, and print your own certificate/s.
As we mentioned in class, it is important, however,
that you go to the State web site - and obtain your Conservation
ID # and send it to us - so that we will be ready to take the
necessary steps right after you have passed the exam. Our goal is
to do that on a timely basis, so that you can print your own
certificate the day after you take the exam.
So - in short: go to https://ct.aspirafocus.com/internetsales
and complete that process - and then send the number
to email@example.com so
that we can build a roster of students for processing your exams.
NOTE: if you already have a CT Safe Boating Certificate (the
plastic card) - it is still valid. You will have the ability to re-print copies of certificates
issued under the old system.
If you have questions on any of this - just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- we will be pleased to work through this process together.
We look forward to seeing you in class.