- If your goal is to run an American Flagged vessel you need a USCG Captain’s license.
- If your goal is to run a British or “Red Ensign” (Cayman Island, BVI, etc) flagged vessel you will need a Yachtmaster Certification.
- If your goal is to be employed in ANY capacity on a yacht or vessel greater than 100 tons operating foreign, you must have STCW-10 Basic Safety Training.
- Register for Course by choosing Dates below.
- You will receive details by email from your Instructor.
- Participate in the entire course.
- Take and pass your exam with us.
- Recieve Course Completion Certificate.
- Fill out your USCG application using our Guide.
- Send your application and certificate to the Coast Gaurd.
- Get your Captain’s License.
You need to have 360 days on the water (90 in the past three years) to be eligible to get your US Coast Guard OUPV or Master 25/50/100GT Captain’s License.
Our recommendation is that you take STCW-10 Basic Safety training to learn skills such as basic firefighting and personal survival techniques to enable you to begin your career with knowledge about how to prevent accidents what to do in the case of an emergency. This course is usually required by yacht owners to be employed in any capacity onboard.
For those interested in being able to captain foreign-flagged vessels up to 200GT, please read more about the Yachtmaster requirements. If you are an accomplished sailor and have captained vessels during several long and overnight passages then you may be a candidate for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Certification Course.