U.S. Coast Guard Captain (Masters Upgrade)




The NH Outdoor Learning Center is proud to offer comprehensive U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License training and testing.  Classes are taught by highly skilled instructors in a casual learning environment that is highly conducive to maritime education.  Tuition includes the required 56 hours of training, all materials, and testing. You will not have to take an exam with the Coast Guard.

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV):

The USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV/SixPack Captain’s License) allows the holder to carry up to six paying passengers on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons (about 75-90 feet long). These are usually smaller vessels that normally engage in charter fishing, SCUBA diving, or tour cruises. As such, these vessels are limited to six paying passengers plus crew-hence the term “Six-Pack.” The OUPV License is issued in three forms:

OUPV Inland License: The OUPV Inland license is restricted to operation shoreward of the boundary line, excluding the Great Lakes. As a general rule, the U.S. Boundary Line follows coastal shorelines and across the entrances to small bays, inlets, and rivers. This license is valid on uninspected vessels to 100 gross tons.

  • This license requires at least 360 days of Documented Experience in the operation of vessels, with 90 of the 360 days occurring in the last three years. Experience gained prior to 15 years of age may not be counted.
  • The Six-pack Inland License can be upgraded to a Near Coastal License once 90 days experience seaward of the U.S. Boundary has been achieved.

OUPV Great Lakes & Inland: 360 total with at least 90 days service on the Great Lakes.

OUPV Near Coastal: This license is valid on vessels up to 100 gross tons and out to 100 nautical miles.

The OUPV Near Coastal License also requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels, 90 of which must be gained seaward of the boundary line. Ninety of the 360 days must be in the last three years. Experience gained prior to the age of 15 will not be counted.

Note: Sea Service experience can be counted on your own vessel. A Small Vessel Sea Service Form and proof of ownership are required. Experience on other people’s vessels can also be counted. In this instance, to verify experience claimed and vessel details, a completed Sea Service Form with the owner’s signature must accompany the application.

Additional Requirements Include:

Master License:

Operators of inspected passenger vessels are required to have this license. The license allows the operator to carry more than 6 passengers. Typical employment opportunities include charter boats, sailboats, ferries, excursion boats and whale watch boats. The vessel size will be limited to 25, 50 or 100 gross tons (GT), depending on your experience.

Cost is $1095 for the OUPV and an additional $395 for the Master’s.  Space will be limited due to the comprehensive nature of the material and one-on-one instruction.  

Masters Training schedule is 

March 21           5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

March 23           5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

March 26           8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional information

Dates March 21, 2017, March 23, 2017, March 26, 2017