Credit-Free Programs Offers Connecticut Basic Boating Course

Manchester, Conn. (July 19, 2017) – With all the concern in the state about invasive species in our lakes and waterways, knowledge about proper boating safety and practices is critical this summer. Manchester Community College’s Continuing Education division is offering two convenient meeting schedules for its Connecticut Basic Boating course.

The course is offered in two formats: Option 1 – “CT Deep Boating Division,” will be held on two Mondays and two Wednesdays, August 7 through August 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The instructors for Option 1 are provided through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Office of Boating staff. The fee for Option 1 is $25.

For those who want the convenience of completing the entire course in one day with an eye toward getting the certificate sooner, there is Option 2. “Professional Marine Division” is offered Saturday, August 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee for this option is $85. Instruction for Option 2 is provided by staff of Professional Marine Education using a DEEP-approved curriculum.

Either option provides the documentation necessary to obtain the Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, which covers the operation of both boats and personal watercraft, such as jet skis. The instruction also includes the newest requirement for towing skiers and tubes and operating recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length. Students age 12 through adults are welcome.

Upon successful completion, students can purchase and print the state certificate online, or mail or deliver the course diploma to any state DEEP office to receive the certificate. The DEEP license fee is $50. The certificate is issued one time and is valid for life.

Students should obtain a State Conservation ID number online before the start of class. This process is free. For info, visit

For more information on the Connecticut Basic Boating Course, or to register for this or other credit-free courses, call 860-512-3232. For more general information on Credit Free programs, call 860-512-2800. To download the catalog, visit