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Explorers Guide Maritime Academy Sept Newsletter

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Sept 17, 2018
New classes accepted for GI BILL

GI Bill will cover 80 to 100% of classroom course tuition for Captain licenses. We recently met with the Wis State Approving Agency to review our new course catalog. They have accepted added courses which will be covered by the GI-Bill. These include:

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) 52 hrs
OUPV- Upgrade to Mate, less than 200 tons
OUPV- Upgrade to Master less than 100 tons (Inland and Great lakes)
OUPV- Upgrade to Master less than 100 tons (Near Coastal/Inland)
OUPV- Master rating increase in scope-Inland to Near Coastal
Able Seaman With lifeboatman limited
If you have questions about these classes check out our website or call us at 920-733-5500

GI-Bill Class for veterans in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota

We get requests each year from veterans in Minnesota to do a captains class using their education benefits. Under federal law we can not do a class out of Wisconsin and have it be covered.

What we have done is to schedule a class in New Richmond, WI which is a short distant from Minnesota Twin cities, off Hwy 64.

Class is open to anyone. We are trying to meet the requested needs of our veterans as well.

Please let any Veteran or veteran group now about this opportunity.

Yes the class is open to anyone.

Capt Gary

Important NOTE an NMC Applications

We have been told in the past that the old forms would be accepted until the end of the 2018. However we just found out they MUST of been signed by September 1, 2018. The medical and the application have others signing or notarizing them. The date can not be forged.

So if you have the old forms and they have not been dated before Sept 1, 2018. They can not be used.

 Fall classes for OUPV and Masters

OUPV Appleton, WI starting Sept 27, 2018 for two weekends (Full)

OUPV Appleton, WI starting Nov 29, 2018

OUPV Sturgeon Bay, WI Dec 7, 2018

Masters Appleton and Sturgeon Bay Dec 14/15/16, 2018

OUPV (6 Pack) - Near Coastal - New Richmond, WI Jan/18/2019
OUPV Inland Great Lakes NC Appleton Feb. 8-10 & 15-17, 2019

We will have a Master's Upgrade in fall as well. Working on the dates

Call for more information 920-733-5500 or check out the website


LED Lights are causing radio interference

Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps was found to create potential safety hazards. The Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Alert in August indicating LED can cause interference with both VHF radio and with AIS.

It was documented to cause problem with distress calls.. Here is a link to the article.

While we are on the topic, just a reminder blue colored LED's. can not be used. Only law enforcement can show blue. They have issued tickets to boaters with blue led's.

Capt Gary

Explorers Guide Maritime Academy
611 N Lynndale DR
Appleton, 54914


Contact: Brenda, Enrollment
611 N Lynndale DR., Appleton, WI 54914 | 920-733-5500



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