Do I Need A Captain’s License For My Personal Boat?


Understanding the regulations surrounding boating can be as challenging as navigating the waterways themselves. One area of confusion for many recreational boaters is the difference between state boating licenses and the USCG Merchant Mariner Credential, commonly known as a Captain’s license. Let’s clarify these requirements and their implications.

Renewing Your Captain’s License: A Quick Overview


As a professional captain, whether you command small passenger vessels or manage private charters, your USCG license is essential. Here’s a concise guide on how to renew your license to ensure continuous operation.

What is a TWIC Card & Why Do I Need One?

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I want to address a critical aspect of maritime licensing – the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card, particularly its significance for those pursuing the Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) and Master 25/50/100 GT licenses.

Captain’s License Requirements: Clearing the Fog

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Embarking on the journey to get your captain’s license can feel like navigating through a sea of misinformation. From well-meaning advice from ‘licensed friends’ to ‘dockside expertise’, it’s easy to get lost and to get bad information.

Can I Get A Captain’s License Online?

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Are you embarking on a maritime career or just looking to upgrade your nautical skills? Our US Coast Guard-approved online Captain’s courses for both the OUPV license and the Master license stand out in this digital era.