Captains License 6-Pack, OUPV, Masters 100 Ton, Master Upgrade, OUPV to 200 Ton Mate, Assistance Towing, Auxiliary Sail, Able Seaman, Basic Training, Advance Fire .

With our Captain's License classes, you can transform your passion for the water into an exciting on-the-water career. Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy offers USCG captains license courses for all mariners, whether you're new to the marine trade or a seasoned boater. We understand the adult learner and will work with you so that you successfully understand and complete the course material to get your credentials. We are adding many of the STCW courses to our programs.

Whats New - We just added Personal Safety and social responsibility as an online course. Check it out.


OUPV Inland and Great Lakes
6-pack Captains license

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OUPV Near Coastal 6-pack
Captains license

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OUPV Upgrade to Master 100 Ton

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OUPV to Mate 200 Ton

Explorers Guide Maritime Academy OUPV to 200 ton Mate


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Able Seaman

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Navigation Rules of the Road

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Auxiliary Sail Endorsement

Explorers Guide Maritime Academy Auxiliary Sail Endorsement


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FCC Marine Radio Operator

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Assistance Towing Endorsement

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 Basic and Advance Fire

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STCW Basic Training

STCW Basic Training

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"I was very impressed with the course as I have never taken an online class. Everyone I have talked to and e-mailed have been very polite and professional. I will recommend this school to the people I work with. I have been an operator of tugboats for over 30 years and found this class an eye opener to what I had forgotten."
Former Student Luther Edwards

Captain license Classroom classes are held in: California - Grass Valley; New York - Buffalo; MInnesota - St Paul; Wisconsin - Appleton, Milwaukee, and Sturgeon Bay. Additional sites may include Minneapolis/St. Paul and other cities. Call us to see if we have an upcoming class scheduled in your area, or click on the button below to see the full schedule of classes at each location.


Online classes are also available for students worldwide. Access to the course material is available 24/7. These are in the same format as our classroom classes. Students work through the material at their own pace, and are then required to sit for a proctored final exam at a location nearest to them. Upon successful passing of the exams, course completion certificate is uploaded directly into the National Maritime Center database. 

Our friendly maritime academy staff will assist you with captains license course registration and answer any questions you may have on the different types of licenses, sea service time, license requirements, and course funding. 


Veterans Funding -

Explorers Gude Maritime Academy has received approval by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to offer Veteran's education benefits to qualified Veterans. Only CLASSROOM COURSES in Appleton and Milwaukee, WI are approved for this benefit. At this time, Online captains license classes are NOT covered for VA funding.


Our friendly staff at Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy will work with you from start to finish. We can advise you on the type of license you need, answer any questions you may have on licenses and application documents, and assist you with your enrollment. Instructors work with each of their students to ensure they understand the material and are prepared for the final exams. We want you to be knowledgeable and safe boaters and successful in your careers. Just let us know how we can help.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas"
Captain Gary Kulibert - Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy