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We provide an interactive and engaging environment for students to thrive and succeed on the water. We’ll guide you though the entire process of becoming a commercial captain and prepare you to enjoy your time on the water safely so you can become a top notch mariner.

Who Needs a License?

A Captain’s License is required to legally carry passengers for hire. This includes fishing charters, sightseeing, diving, water taxi, sailing instruction or anytime that you have a passenger for hire.


The license to start with is the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV). The OUPV license is commonly referred to as the “6-pack” or “Charterboat Captain’s License”. This license allows you take 6 passengers for-hire, plus crew, on your boat.


  • To work as a paid captain or mate
  • To start a fishing charter business
  • To learn or refresh your boating and seamanship skills.
  • To earn credentials that show experience and may reduce insurance costs.

What will a Captain's License do for me?

If you are an experienced boater with a well-equipped boat in good condition, why not share your passion with passengers willing to pay for a great experience on the water.


If you have a boat and you’re already taking friends out every weekend, you could get licensed as a professional Captain and turn your passion into cash.


Maybe yacht delivery is for you? Many insurance companies now require a Captain’s License for deliveries from port to port. If an unlicensed driver gets into a collision, the insurance may not cover the damages.


In class, we cover some of the ways you can turn your love for boating into money in the bank.


Our goal is to make the educational and licensing process as simple as possible by offering many of the certification required.