Limited Master Launchtender

2021 Dates:

February 27-28, 2021

COST: Instructor Led Course $595

DURATION: 16 hours

About Limited Master Launchtender Course

Register for The Limited Master Launchtender course which covers boat handling, regulations, ropework, navigation rules, and more. This Confident Captain course was designed for those whose occupation includes operating a launch. Those enrolled must be 17 years of age and have 120 days of documented sea time.

Become Licensed to Run a Water Taxi, Launch, or Coach Boat!

Confident Captain’s 16-hour Limited Master “Launchtender” course covers safe boat handling, Rules of the Road, navigation regulations, marlinspike seamanship, aids to navigation, and more. This course is for individuals who plan to operate a launch, or water taxi at yacht clubs and marinas, or camps and other facilities requiring licensed launch operators.

At the end of the process, candidates will be issued a course completion certificate from Confident Captain. That certificate can be submitted to the US Coast Guard Regional Exam Center along with a Limited Master “Launchtender” application for the following license: “Limited Master of Self-Propelled Vessels and approved to engage in Launch Tender Service upon the waters of Sector Southeast New England.”

Note that the license will be valid up to 1/2NM from shore only with appropriate First Aid/CPR certifications. Without First Aid/CPR certification it will be limited to 1000 feet from shore.

Pre Requisites

In order to join this class, the following criteria must be met:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • 120 Days of Documented Sea Time
  • US Citizen

“The class structure fit great into my current work schedule and daily life. I needed class that offered online learning with some classroom instruction”

Captain Charles Wood

Course Outline

Confident Captain is adapting to bring you the tools to get your Limited Launchtender  right from the comfort of your own home.

How Instructor Led Courses Work Amid COVID-19

  1. Sign up for course dates
  2. Depending on COVID restrictions, this course will either be in person in Newport or over Zoom. TBD sign up for details.
  3. Course lectures will be conducted each day from 8:30am-4pm with breaks for assignments

What to do next:

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 to apply for his or her license. This process can take many weeks.

  • Physical examination
  • Drug test
  • TWIC card
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Prove that he or she is eligible to work legally in the United States
  • Please note that OUPV/Six-Pack Operator candidates must be eligible to work in the United States but do not have to be US citizens


  • Price: $595.00
  • All USCG Courses require verification of identification, please upload a copy or picture of your Drivers License, Passport, or other Government Issued ID. (If on a mobile device, you can take a picture).
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