Classroom Courses

Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy Courses and Services

Classes and Services to meet your maritime needs.

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Captain's license Courses

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Inland/Great Lakes

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Near Coastal

OUPV to Mate 200 Ton

OUPV Upgrade to Master 100 Tons

Master of Vessels 100 Ton w/Towing


Captain's License Endorsements

Able Seaman

Auxiliary Sailing

Assistant Towing

Rules of the Road

Lifeboatman Limited - online only No practical

Other  Services


First Aid, CPR, AED

Marine Radio Operators Permit (MROP)



We have goten the following two courses approved and will be posted shortly:

  • Steersman Apprentice
  • Master 100 ton Great Lakes/Inland to Master 100 Ton Near Coastal


What Captains License Do I Need?

As a guide (fishing, waterfowl hunting, etc), being a charter captain for day trips, or running a water taxi on inland waterways and the Great Lakes, Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy offers the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV 6-pack) Inland/Great Lakes Captains License course. This captains license allows you to take up to 6 paying passengers on your vessel.


If you want to go out on near coastal waters such as the Gulf of Mexico as one of the above mentioned captains, you want to take the OUPV 6-pack Near Coastal captains license class through Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy. This course is perfect for the mariner interested in employment as a charter boat captain, tour guide, fishing guide taking up to 6 paying passengers on your vessel, or for commercial fisherman.


For those of you who have more sea time and want to work on larger boats, be a charter captain of a larger vessel, and have the ability to tow a vessel in need, you may decide to apply for your 25/50/100-ton Masters captains license with an Assistance Towing Endorsement. This license allows the mariner to captain up to a 100 gross ton inspected vessel with 6+ passengers for hire.

Already have a base captains license? Add an Auxiliary Sailing or Assistance Towing Endorsement or get your Marine Radio Operators Permit.


Call us (920) 733- 7755 for more information on our schedule of Merchant Mariner License (Captains License) Courses.  Most of our USCG-approved captains license courses are available in three formats - Classroom, Online, and Distance Learning.