Capt’s License Course Starts Oct. 3

Mariners, there is still time to register for the Master Mariners Captain’s License course set to begin at the Northwest Maritime Academy next Monday, Oct. 3. 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 pleased to present the United States Maritime Academy’s OUPV (6-Pack) to 100-Ton Master Mariners Captain’s License course right here at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. An optional Sailing Endorsement and Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement are also available with the course for additional fees.

Cost for the 80-hour course is $1,250 now through Oct. 3, when the price goes up to $1,350.

Come to an introduction and orientation about the course on Monday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Academy, located at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. The evening is free to attend and instructors will walk you through the entire course being offered by the U.S. 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.

OUPV to 100-Ton Captain’s License Course Offered at Northwest Maritime Academy

The 23-day course will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from Oct. 3 to Nov. 30, 2016. Classes will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Academy in downtown Gig Harbor. Optional study hall sessions will be available on several Saturdays during the course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class will not be held on Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Course instructors are Capt. Jeffrey Sanders and Capt. Thomas Bliss, director of training at the Northwest Maritime Academy.

The comprehensive course 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.

Captain's License courseA “captain’s license” is a license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard that 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.

Reserve Your Place Today for Course Introduction Oct. 3

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 on Oct. 3, it is advised that you register today on the Northwest Maritime Academy website. RSVPing for this introductory evening does not commit you to the course; it only reserves your seat for the free orientation session.

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