Captain's License Online

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-PAK" 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 with at least 90 in the last three years

  • Physical examination

  • 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



Our Captain's License Online course includes the following items:

  • Sea School Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel Student Guide Textbook

  • Sea School Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel Practice Exercises Manual

  • Block Island Chart

  • Parallel Ruler

  • Dividers

  • USCG License Application Packet (download here)

  • A complimentary "You May Call Me Captain" Sea School bag. 


These items will be shipped to you upon registration. 




Our Online OUPV Captain's License covers the following modules:

  • Navigation General - 8 chapters and tests - approximately 8 to 10 hours

  • Chart Plotting - 8 chapters and one test - approximately 15 to 20 hours

  • Deck General - 16 chapters and 5 tests - approximately 15 hours

  • Rules of the Road - 5 chapters and 5 tests - approximately 16 hours

The course is not timed and can be taken at your own leisure. You have one year to complete all chapters and tests online, and come in to take the final proctored exam.



The OUPV Captain's License online course is $395. All course materials are included in the tuition.

Click here to download information on USCG

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.




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