A COAST GUARD LICENSE MUST BE RENEWED EVERY 5 YEARS

 

A USCG license can be renewed any time prior to its expiration date. 

 

There are 3 different ways to renew  a license as long as it has not expired over a year.

  • Show 360 day of operation since your last issuance.

  • Take a very difficult Coast Guard exam.

  • Attend a 1 Day Renewal/Refresher Course that meets the requirements

     Each require you to submit a physical (current 1 year) and a drug test (current 6 months or a Notice of Compliance from your Mariner's drug testing consortium.)

 

SeaSchool is approved by the Coast Guard (under 4G CFR 10.227) to teach an online Renewal/Refresher course for Deck Licenses up to 200 tons. A short quiz at the end of the online class will conclude the course. SeaSchool will then issue a certificate of completion.

 

This certificate is mailed to the Coast Guard along with your application. The Coast Guard then mails your new license to you. 

 

After your license expires there is one year grace period during which you can renew your license. However, during that time the license may not be used.

 

Requirements include:

  • Coast Guard Application

  • Physical Exam

  • Drug Test

  • Evidence of a TWIC Card

You do NOT need First Aid and CPR to renew your license.

 

Topics overed in this online course:

  • Rules of the Road

  • Chart Navigation 

  • Federal Rigulations

  • Fire Fighting

  • PFD's

  • Radio

  • Aids to Navigation

 

 

LICENSE RENEWAL

The U.S. Coast Guard calls this license Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV). The rest of the world refers to it as the "6-PACK" License.  The word "uninspected" is a technical term meaning that the equipment required, and the design of the boat, are less regulated. "6-PACK" refers to the 6 passenger limitation placed on the boat, and additionally, on the license.

 

The OUPV (Captain's License) license comes in 3 versions:  Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal. The Near Coastal version enables one to travel up to 100 miles offshore of the United States and its territories, and also covers Great Lakes and inland waters, (inland waters means lakes, bays, rivers, sounds, etc., of the U.S).

 

All OUPV licenses are for vessels less than 100 Gross Tons.

Throughout this online instruction you will learn practical aspects of boating, including Rules of the Road, Radio Operation, Survival Techniques, Distress Signaling, Boating Terminology, Boat Equipment, Use of Flares, Use of Life Jackets, Techniques of Seamanship, Anchoring, Aids to Navigation, Boat Registration, Navigation, Knot Tying, Firefighting and more.

 

After completing the course, students take Sea School's exam. Our test is based on the course material and you should be ready to test after reviewing the material.

 

Testing is conducted at Sea School offices in Freeport, NY, Charleston, SC, St. Petersburg, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Panama City, FL, Mobile, AL, Aston, PA, San Juan, PR and at various classroom locations on the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The requirements for this license are:

  • 18 years of age

  •  360 days of underway boating experience (90 days in last 3 years)

  • Physical

  • Drug screen

  • Current CPR/First Aid

  • TWIC card (U.S. government security clearance)

  • Successful completion of comprehensive exam at USCG                                  or

  • Certificate of completion of Sea School’s approved online course and exam in lieu of going to the Coast Guard to take their exam

 

The Captain's License can be fully upgraded to a Master License allowing you to carry more than six passengers on an inspected boat, up to 200 miles offshore.

 

Sea School provides all Coast Guard paperwork and assists in properly filling it out. Please feel free to call or e-mail us for answers to any further questions about obtaining this prestigious license.

ASSISTANCE TOWING ENDORSEMENT

Any USCG "6-Pack" or Master licensed captain up to 200 tons, who wishes to assist disabled for a fee must have a Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement added to his or her license.

 

This USCG approved course will cover all required information in regard to assistance towing vessels. At completion of the online course and proctored exam, SeaSchool will issue a certificate of completion which you will submit to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will then add the endorsement to your license.

 

No additional experience is required for this endorsement.

UPGRADE TO MASTER

Similar to the OUPV 6 Pack, this is an entry level license.

This course is an add-on to Sea School=s OUPV (6-Pack) course. If you do not already have your OUPV license, you will need to start there as it is the first part of this course. You do not have to get your OUPV license but you will have to complete that course and then go on to this course. After you have successfully completed both courses and tests, you may then apply for your Master 25, 50 or 100 GRT license.

 

If you already have your OUPV license then the Upgrade process from OUPV to MASTER is quite straightforward.

Requirements for this upgrade license are additional sea time, physical, and drug screen along with the license application from the Coast Guard.

 

Your next step is to take a tough USCG exam at the Regional Exam Center near you or you can complete our Upgrade Course and proctored test in lieu of that CG exam.

 

Upon successful completion, a Certificate of Completion/Diploma will be issued that must be presented to the Coast Guard along with the rest of your application so that your Master License may be issued.

 

The sea time requirements for this license are:

  • MASTER Inland:

    • Requires 360 days (the same as the 6 pack).

    • For any license, 90 days of your sea time must be in the past 3 years.

  • With an OUPV Endorsement:

    • Requires 90 days outside COLREGS or Boundary Lines.

    • Allows you operate an Inspected Vessel on Inland waters, and a 6-Pack Vessel 100 miles offshore.

  • With a MATE Near Coastal Endorsement:

    • Requires 180 days outside COLREGS or Boundary Lines.

    • Allows you operate an Inspected Vessel on Inland waters and a 6-Pack Vessel out to 200 miles offshore.

  • MASTER Near Coastal:

    • Requires 720 days, ½ of which (360) must be in Near Coastal waters.

    • For any license, 90 days of your sea time must be in the past 3 years.

  • General Information:

    • Since you already hold an OUPV, sea time already in your file is counted.

    • Time before and after your time on file can also be counted.

    • If the PHYSICAL that is in your file is more than 36 months old (at the time you give the USCG your paperwork), you'll need to have it updated.

    • If the DRUG TEST that is in your file is more than 6 months old (at the time you give the USCG your paperwork), you'll need to have it updated.

Online Courses

OUPV CAPTAIN'S LICENSE

 

AUXILIARY SAIL ENDORSEMENT

Any Master licensed captain who wishes to operate an inspected sail vessel for hire, must have an Auxiliary Sail

endorsement added to his or her license.

 

This USCG approved course will cover all required information in regard to inspected sail vessel operation. You will need to show 50% of your required time on sail or auxiliary sail vessels. At the completion of the course and proctored test, Sea School will issue a certificate of completion which you will submit to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will then add the endorsement to your license.

 

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