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Explorers Guide Maritime Academy oupv Captains -6 pack class

 Online Captains License Class

OUPV/6-pack Inland & Great Lakes

No International Rules to Learn
30 vs 50 Questions on Rules Exam until July 1, 2019
Simplified Plotting - Ideal for Inland Waters

Register Today!     OUPV-Inland/Great Lakes Online Classes Only 

Questions? Need answers? Call us at 920-733-5500.  Cell phones - click here to call now.


The USCG-Approved OUPV class for Captains License for Inland & Great Lakes lets you take 6 passengers for-hire, plus crew, on your vessel. It was designed specifically for Captains working and boating on either the Inland or Great Lakes, and focuses on what you actually need to boat on these waters. Simplified plotting and no International Rules makes both the learning process and the exams less stressful.

Course is broken down into the four moduls just like the required exams

 Course Details:  Complete the course at YOUR speed. Do it in a week or over several months.  We provide workbooks and exercises along with teh onlline presentation. There are assessment through out the course to check your understanding of the material.

Online Course Schedule: Available 24/7 + proctored exam. This course is National Maritime Center-approved for original issuance, renewal, and re-issuance of a merchant mariner credential as an Operator of Uninspected Vessels (OUPV) Inland/Great Lakes.

Course Fee: $595, includes all course materials (manual, plotting tools, charts, rules book) and one sitting of your proctored exam.

Lessons:Lessons are divided into four modules, just like the exams:

  • Navigation Rules of the Road - 30 question no international rules; We have a way to teach it so you will understand it.
  • Plotting - Charts, Fixes and Running Fixes, Dead Reckoning, Distance Off, Electronic Navigation, and Magnetic Compass;
  • Navigation General - Weather, Tides, Aids to Navigation, Publications; and
  • Deck General, Safety and Environmental - Marlinspike Seamanship, Vessel Maneuvering and Handling, Small Engines, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Emergency Procedures, Maritime Law, Shipboard Management and Training, Ship’s Business, Communications, and Lifesaving Appliances.

Exams:There are four exams you are required to pass to earn your OUPV Inland Great Lakes - 6 Pack Captains License. If you fail one exam module, you can retake that exam two more times. If you fail the exam a third time, you will be required to repeat the class. This is the National Maritime Center's directive.

Rules of the Road (30 questions): Need 27 correct. Plotting (10 questions): Need 7 correct. Navigation General (20 questions): Need 14 correct. Deck General, Safety, and Environmental (60 questions): Need 42 correct.

Licensing: License Requirements: The minimum requirements for the OUPV Inland/Great Lakes - 6 Pack Captains License are: ● Be at least 18 years old. You can take the course at age 17 and apply for the license on your 18th birthday. ● Be a U.S. Citizen ● Speak English ● Be TWIC eligible - Please check the TWIC site if you have any convictions. Have required sea service (a day is a minimum of four hours underway) - At least a total of 360 days - 90 days in the last 3 years. This is called recency. - For the Great Lakes endorsement, you need at least 90 days of the 360 day on the Great Lakes. 

Have more questions? Feel free to call us at (920) 733-5500.

Captain Gary