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OUPV - CAPTAIN'S LICENSE

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Sea School is proud to have been approved by the United States Coast Guard to offer this unique course for the OUPV (6-Pack) Captain's License.
It is unique in that successful completion of this course will result in a United States Coast Guard license being issued without requiring the usual United States Coast Guard exam.

The U.S. Coast Guard calls this license Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV). The rest of the world refers to it as the "6-PACK" License.  The word "uninspected" is a technical term meaning that the equipment required, and the design of the boat, are less regulated. "6-PACK" refers to the 6 passenger limitation placed on the boat, and additionally, on the license.

The OUPV (Captain's License) license comes in 3 versions:  Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal.

The Near Coastal version enables one to travel up to 100 miles offshore of the United States, it's territories, Great Lakes and inland waters.

Inland waters means lakes, bays, rivers, sounds, etc., of the U.S.

All OUPV licenses are for vessels less than 100 Gross Tons.

Throughout the days of class instruction you will learn practical aspects of boating, including Rules of the Road, Radio Operation, Survival Techniques, Distress Signaling, Boating Terminology, Boat Equipment, Use of Flares, Use of Life Jackets, Techniques of Seamanship, Anchoring, Aids to Navigation, Boat Registration, Navigation, Knot Tying, Firefighting and more.

After completing the course, students take Sea School's exam. Our test is based on the course material and you should be ready to test after reviewing the material.

Testing is conducted at Sea School offices in Freeport, NY, Charleston, SC, St. Petersburg, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Panama City, FL, Mobile, AL, Aston, PA, San Juan, PR and at various classroom locations on the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Test fees are not icluded in the course tuition and will be paid at the test. 

The requirements for this license are:

  • 18 years of age
  • 360 days of underway boating experience
    (90 of these days in the last 3 years)
  • Physical
  • Drug screen
  • Current CPR/First Aid
  • TWIC card (U.S. government security clearance)
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exam at USCG or
  • Certificate of completion of Sea School’s 54 hour approved course and exam in lieu of going to the Coast Guard to take their exam.

The Captain's License can be fully upgraded to a Master License allowing you to carry more than six passengers on an inspected boat, up to 200 miles offshore.

Sea School provides all Coast Guard paperwork and assists in properly filling it out. All of the other requirements for the OUPV license are the same as listed on the Licenses & Requirements in this brochure.  Please feel free to call or e-mail us for answers to any further questions about obtaining this prestigious license.

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