Captain’s License Offered at NW Maritime Academy

Skippers, there’s still time to sign up for the Master Captain’s License course being offered in May at the Northwest Maritime Academy at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

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 during the month of May at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. The academy is pleased to present the United States Maritime Academy’s OUPV (Six Pack) to 100 Ton Master Mariners Captain’s License course with optional Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsements.

Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

Captain's License course

Capt. Thomas Bliss, director of training at the Northwest Maritime Academy, prepares for a class at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. The classroom is the site of the Captain’s License course to be held in May.

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.

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 4:30 p.m. Instructors will be Captain Jeffrey Sanders and Captain Thomas Bliss, director of training at the Northwest Maritime Academy.

Captain’s License Course Offered at 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 and student-to-student course forums. Learn more about the course at Northwest Maritime Academy Captain’s License Course.

Captain's License course

Register today for the free orientation evening on May 2 for the Captain’s License course at the Northwest Maritime Academy.

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.

The USCG OUPV 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.

Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

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.

USMA-Logo (Medium)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.

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