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Set out below are some of the different U.S. Coast Guard licenses and endorsements that are currently available to you through Sea Tech Marine Training.

OUPV Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (Six Pack) 
This license, sometimes called a charter boat or "Six Pack" license, will allow the holder to take up to six (6) paying passengers, plus a reasonable crew that does not place the vessel over it's carrying capacity, out on his vessel for hire.

The Coast Guard does not have to inspect the vessel, but the vessel does need to meet all the requirements set forth in Subchapter C of the Federal Regulations. These regulations will be discussed as part of our course.

NOTE: Any applicant who has successfully completed a 57 hour Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) course and who presents a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.209(f) for reissuance of a license as Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (Near Coastal).


Master's Level License, less than 100 tons 
This license allows you to perfom the duties of an OUPV and in addition operate vessels that have been inspected by the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office and are permitted to carry more than six passengers for hire. Holding a license at the Master's level will generally not allow you to carry more that six passengers for hire on your own vessel built for pleasure use.

The vessel safety inspection regulations, called Subchaper T, are very stringent and will be discussed in detail during the regulations portion of our upgrade course. A common, but accurate, statement concerning this inspection is, "the inspection process begins when the keel is laid."

To qualify for the Master's level license, we will hold an upgrade course consisting of 24 hours of instruction and a one part 60 question multiple choice exam. We encourage all students to upgrade to the Master's level license. Doing so later is seldom an easy process. Over 90% of our students do upgrade to the Master's level.

Tonnage for this license can be from 25 to 100 tons and is determined by the Regional Exam Center after evaluating your sea service time.

Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, if you qualify for the OUPV license, you will qualify for the Master's.

NOTE: Any applicant who has successfully completed a 24 hour Upgrade to Master Not More Than 100 Gross Tons course and who presents a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.207 for upgrade of a license from OUPV to Master Not More Than 100 Gross Tons Near Coastal (Coast Guard examination module 221XX).

Upgrade Course - 100 Ton to 200 Ton
For those mariners who hold a 100 Ton license and have the required time to upgrade to the 200 Ton level, we now offer a three day course that will allow you to operate larger vessels. Our upgrade course allows a mariner who currently has a 100 Ton license to upgrade by completing our 200 Ton Upgrade course, which runs three consecutive days, followed by a final day of review and exam. 


Assistance Towing 
We offer the Towing Assistance endorsement for free as part of our Master's level upgrade course. Although this does involve four (4) more hours of instruction, the exam is relatively easy consisting of only ten multiple choice questions.

This endorsement will allow you to engage in assistance towing as is commonly offered by Sea Tow and Boat US. It is no longer permissible to operate commercial tugs on a low-level Master's level license, regardless of whether or not you have a towing assist endorsement on your license.

NOTE: Any applicant who has successfully completed a 4 hour Assistance Towing course and who presents a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.482(b) for an Assistance Towing endorsement to any license up to Master Not More Than 200 Gross Tons.


Auxiliary Sail 
NOTE: Any applicant who has successfully completed a 4 hour Auxiliary Sail course and who presents a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center WITHIN ONE YEAR of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for an Auxiliary Sail endorsement to any deck license up to 200 gross Tons.

RADAR Course New Course Item
With radar equipment becoming more and more affordable to the average boater, Sea Tech has put together a one day course of class room instruction that will greatly improve the user's knowledge of this accurate and useful electronic aid to navigation.

Class room instruction also includes a radar simulator shown through a multi-media projector to illustrate how a vessel can mavigate different harbors.

Our one day seminar includes all course material and a Radar Trainer on CDROM format that the student can use at home to help hone his skills. Other topics include the following:

  • How RADAR works
  • How to tune your radar for maximum performance
  • Interpreting the screen display
  • Determining the best range scale
  • Utilizing features such as VRM
  • Using radar to avoid collisions
  • Dealing with interference
  • Using radar to help with the Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance of your radar equipment
  • Using radar and GPS receiver together to maximize navigation
  • Courses generally run from 9:00 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on the day of instruction. The hours for evening instruction are different. Current course schedules, locations, and costs can be found on our "Schedule" page.


    Marine Radio Operator's Permit Course New Course Item
    This short course will enable the mariner to apply and receive his Marine Radio License. This license is required for all those who serve as a Master aboard passenger boats over 6 passenger. The course includes instruction, the short exam, and the application, which we file on the mariner's behalf.



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