Must be able to read and write fluently in the English language.
This course is for anyone with boating experience interested in obtaining a US Coast Guard license. One year of documented seatime since your 16th birthday is required, 90 days of which must be within the past 3 years. Depending on USCG evaluation of seatime and experience, students completing the course would qualify for a license ranging from OUPV up to Master 100 tons Near Coastal. Course topics include navigation, seamanship, safety and rules of the road.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has approved the course and instructor for third party testing and a UAS Certificate of Completion is accepted as a substitute for testing by the Coast Guard. Students should plan to spend significant time studying on their own, in addition to the classroom instruction and it is recommended that students begin reading the Rules of the Road prior to the beginning of the class.
After completing the course, students have one year to fulfill other USCG requirements including documenting sea time, First Aid/CPR, physical examination, drug test, character references and proof of citizenship.
Click here and here for more info on licensing requirements. Minimum USCG licensing requirements for seatime are 360 days since your 16th birthday, with 90 of those days being within the past 3 years.
Complete information regarding licensing can be found at www.uscg.mil/stcw You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your licensing questons. Other useful phone numbers are below.
UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568
Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496
Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458
Nationwide Exam Centers Contact Information: 1-888-427-5662