Towing Endorsement

Classroom: $175

1 day

Sunday after Captain’s exams

344 Aquidneck Ave.

Middletown, RI 02840

4 hours

  • Class Details 
  • Prerequisites 
  • Steps After Course Completion
Class Details 

Become Certified in Recreational Vessel Towing

Confident Captain’s 4 hour U.S. Coast Guard-approved course allows a USCG Master, Mate, or OUPV license holder to tow disabled recreational vessels commercially. Towing endorsements are scheduled to coincide with the Captain’s classes.

Endorsements courses are held via Zoom the day before a Captain’s exam starting at 6pm for Towing and 8 pm for Sailing – written endorsement exams modules will then be taken with the regular exam 


In order to participate in the Towing Endorsement the following criteria must be met:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a firm understanding of the English language
  • Completed OUPV or Master’s course and examination (or be a current USCG License holder)
Steps After Course Completion

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be required to submit the following paperwork and information to the US Coast Guard in order for his or her license to be endorsed:

  • Physical examination
  • Drug test
  • TWIC card
  • First/aid CPR certified
  • Prove that he or she is eligible to work legally in the United States.
  • This information may be included in an original license application

Additional Certifications for Captains:

Choose a Course Exam Date, then add an Endorsement.

How Does it Work?
  1. Add it on to your Captain’s Courses
  2. Towing Endorsements are issued in the afternoon following a Captain’s Exam.
  3. Already have your ticket? Sign up and join us in the afternoon of one of the dates above.
How to Document Sea Time

In order to properly document sea time, candidates must fill out the Small Vessel Sea Service form and transfer all of their sea time information to this document. Please note that one form should be used for each vessel and that the owner, operator, or master must sign off on the time for the form to be valid. If the candidate is the owner of the vessel, he or she may sign off on his or her own sea time.

A day is defined as eight hours of watchstanding or day work, not to include overtime. On commercial vessels where a twelve-hour workday is authorized and practiced, such as on a six-on, six-off watch schedule, each workday may be considered for one and one-half days of service credit. Required sea service is specified in months or years, which are then converted to days, i.e., one year means 360 days and one month is 30 days. Service other than on deck is given half credit (e.g., 1 day credit for every 2 days served) and an approved training program may substitute for all except 30 days of the service requirement. On vessels of less than 100 gross tons, a day is considered as eight hours unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection determines that the vessel’s operating schedule makes this criteria inappropriate, in no case will this period be less than four hours.

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344 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02840


9 AM to 5 PM