Captain’s License Course at NW Maritime Academy

Mariners, if you’ve been thinking about taking your boating experience to the next level, don’t miss this incredible opportunity: The Northwest Maritime Academy is offering a U.S. Coast Guard approved OUPV to 100 Ton Master Captain’s License course this spring at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

Come to an introduction and orientation about the course on Monday, May 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Academy, located at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. The evening is free to attend and we will walk you through the entire course being offered by the United States Maritime Academy and the Northwest Maritime Academy.  Once you have learned about the OUPV to 100 Ton Master Captain’s License course and you feel it is right for you, formal registration and course fees can be completed at that time.

Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

The 80-hour course will begin on May 4 and run the month of May on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays (excluding Mother’s Day) from 8 a.m. to 4 or 4:30 p.m. Instructors will be Captain Jeffrey Sanders and Captain Thomas Bliss, director of training at the Northwest Maritime Academy.

The comprehensive course, which costs $1,375, includes USCG approved First Aid and CPR/AED training by the American Red Cross, and ASHI or HSI-Basic Medic. It also includes after-hours instructor-to-student as well as student-to-student course forums. Learn more about the course at Northwest Maritime Academy Captain’s License Course.

USMA-Logo (Medium)The Northwest Maritime Academy at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is pleased to present the United States Maritime Academy’s OUPV (6-Pack) up to 100 Ton Master Mariners Captain’s License course with optional Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsements right here in Gig Harbor.

A “Captain’s License” is a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard which allows you to professionally operate a vessel that carries passengers or cargo for hire. There are several types of licenses issued by the Coast Guard to professional mariners. The two most common entry level licenses are the OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels – commonly called a 6-pack license) and a Master Mariner’s License.

Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

The USCG “Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels” captain’s license issues the authority to operate a small (less than about 65 feet) power-driven vessel carrying six or fewer passengers for hire, not counting the operator or crew, thus the term “6-pack.” This is the most common captain’s license held by fishing guides and the operators of small charter boats.

Master Mariner’s licenses are categorized in several ways. Among these are tonnage and area of operation. With a Master Mariner’s License you are able to operate both uninspected and inspected vessels up to the tonnage printed on your license.

To reserve a seat for the free orientation evening on May 2, it is advised that you register today and use the “pay by check” method on the Northwest Maritime Academy website. Choosing the “pay by check” method does not commit you to the course; it only reserves your seat for the free orientation session.

Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

The Northwest Maritime Academy is a Coast Guard approved training facility on the downtown waterfront at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. Our spacious classroom facility is a short walk from many dining options, making this location ideal. Take the stairs to the Maritime Academy on the second floor above The Club @ The Boatyard, or walk in from street level between The Queen’s Cabinet and Emilie Gallery & Boutique from Harborview Drive.


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