Required boating safety course being offered in area

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a one-day course that meets Connecticut requirements permitting boaters to operate power boats and personal watercraft on Sunday, March 23 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the South Benson Marina Auxiliary Base, Fairfield.

Connecticut boat owners cannot register any vessel that has an inboard or outboard engine without proof of completion of an eight-hour course.

The fee is $70 and includes course materials, refreshments, and lunch. Registration is March 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Flotilla Base in South Benson Marina, Fairfield.

State Conservation ID number needed

Before taking the boating course, participants must first obtain a Connecticut conservation identification number. For anyone who has a Connecticut hunting or fishing license, the conservation ID will be the same ID number that was assigned with either of these licenses.

To obtain a personal conservation number, log onto, follow the instructions for “New Customers,” and complete the registration process. Print the conservation number page and bring it to the March 16 course registration.

For more information call 203-259-0770 or email Bill Wade, flotilla commander and public education officer, at