{BOATS Logo}    The BOATS Program

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Boating Division (DEEP) realizes that time spent on the water is valuable to boaters. Thatís why we created "BOATS". BOATS is an acronym for "Because Our Acquaintances Think Safety". Our Acquaintances are comprised of businesses and organizations that support DEEPís mission to reduce boating accidents and fatalities and have agreed to demonstrate their support by donating tokens and coupons. The BOATS program has helped the on-water public relations.

Utilizing Prudence, the DEEPís public education/outreach boat, we are reaching out to all boaters on the stateís waterways. During our conversations, the PRU-Crew stresses the importance of operating safely, boating sober and wearing life jackets. The crew onboard Prudence is also available to answer questions about boating, fishing and environmental issues.

In an effort to thank the boater for taking the time to be further educated about boating safety, each boat operator is given a BOATS packet that contains coupons or other branded items that boaters will find useful. Be sure to look for Prudence and her crew the next time youíre on the water and ask for your BOATS packet!