News Release
June 21, 2011

HCC Offering Safe-Boating Course
repares for State Certificate

Begins 7/13

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College in July will offer a leisure course in safe boating.

The course, which will be offered on three consecutive Wednesdays starting July 13, prepares students to obtain a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation. That certificate will allow holders to operate recreational vessels up to 65 feet in length.

“This is one of a number of courses that we offer for personal enjoyment,” said Director of Workforce and Non-Credit Programs Deborah S. Kuchmas. “It’s no surprise that, with the number of rivers and lakes in Connecticut and our coastline, this has become an extremely popular course.”

The course will cover choosing the right boat, equipment requirements, state boating laws, safety regulations, navigation rules, buoy systems, safe fueling, weather, and accident prevention, to mention a few. It is being offered in an easy-to-understand classroom format designed for students age 10 and over.

The course will meet Wednesdays, July 13-27, from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room B123 in Lafayette Hall. The fee for the course is $95

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.