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USCG Auxiliary to Offer Boat America Classes

Submitted by Thomas Violante

(February 12, 2024) — Take the Boat America class and complete the proctored test all on the same day in the same location at the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Milford Flotilla, starting on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. at its Training Center, located at 1 Helwig Street, Milford, the location for all classes listed below.

For advance registration prior to the class date, go to You can sign up for the class and pay by credit card online. After you register for the course, instructions for the Boat America course will be emailed to you. To pay at the door by check or cash, arrive at 7:30 a.m.

All students must obtain a State of Connecticut conservation ID number before taking the BA/PWC/TOW class. To register for a free ID number, go to: .

Boat America will cover all the basic topics required for the safe operation of recreational boating and seamanship. It will also cover safe personal watercraft operation and towing. Successful completion of this eight-hour BA course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for boats, personal watercraft (PWC) and towing. Family participation is encouraged. Cost is $60 per person.

After March 2nd, additional boating classes are scheduled for Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. for the following dates in 2024: April 6, May 4, June 1, June 29, August 3 and September 7.

Weekday evening boating classes are scheduled for May 14, 15 and 16, 2024 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All three sessions MUST be attended. There are no make-up sessions.

Navigation and GPS Charting classes are scheduled for April 20, 2024 and July 20, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.

For additional information about U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary courses, please call Dennis Belanger, public education officer, at 203-494-5219, email him at or visit

For more information on U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary safe boating classes, please visit

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