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About Boating Safely

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 72 Calf Pasture Beach Rd Norwalk CT 06855  See map

Learn how to safely operate your boat and get your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and Personal Watercraft Certificate in an 8-hour class provided by the Norwalk Flotilla of the USCG Auxiliary.


The About Boating Safely (ABS) course is completed in one Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Many boat insurance companies offer discounts for successful completion of this course.


Topics include:



  • Boat and Personal Watercraft Handling

  • Using Charts

  • Buoys and Beacons

  • Rules of the Nautical Road

  • Docking, Mooring, and Anchoring

  • Checking Tides and Weather

  • Marine Radio Operation

  • Trailering and Launching

  • Safety Equipment and Precautions

  • Boating Laws and Regulations


 


Sign-in starts at 7:30 am. Be certain to present your Connecticut Conservation ID Number (now required by Connecticut) before starting the class ... you can get your number online at no charge.


The $70 fee includes study materials and lunch. Parking is free.


Sessions are held at the USCG Auxiliary Training Center on Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk about two miles south of I-95 Exit 16.


Choose a class date of February 23, March 16, or March 30. To register, contact the Flotilla's Public Education Officer, Joe DeFranco, at jdefranco@snet.net or at 203-853-4615.

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