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Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (6 Pack)

Highest Passing Rate In The Indusry

Our online OUPV class  was developed at the start of the pandemic and is essentially all of the classroom lectures and practicals in video format. Each lesson has a video, and quiz associated with it.  There are detailed written explanations of all of the content as well.

Students wishing to take the course from the comfort of their own homes may do so using a laptop or desktop computer. Phones are not large enough to allow you the best result. Online courses are ideal for a student who is a self starter and can dedicate the time to completing the course but may not be able to do it at the times our classroom courses are offered. We highly recommend keeping to a schedule and completing the course in 2-3 weeks (the classroom course is given over 2 weeks).

At the completion of the course, students will need to schedule the exam in person at the Captain School in Red Hook. Appointments can be made by phone or email. There is no additional cost for taking the exam.


Our instructors are available by phone, online chat, or webinar to assist you during your study. 

This 72 Hour class to obtain an entry level license covers the 4 subjects required on the USCG exam.  Those subjects include Collision Regulations, Chart Plotting & Coastal Navigation, Navigation General, and Deck General.

Cost: $1200 per student 

* There are no hidden fees - All books, charts, tools, and exams are            included. 


        License Description

  • The OUPV license allows the transport of up to six passengers (12 in the USVI) on an uninspected vessel in US waters. OUPV is a domestic license and is endorsed for Inland or Near Coastal Waters.  Near Coastal endorsements will allow you to operate up to 100 miles off shore. The boats you will operate are generally referred to as 6-pack boats.   


​        Eligibility Requirements

  •  USCG Application

  •  Age: 18 years old

  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident.

  • Sea Experience:

       OUPV Inland 360 days* operating a small vessel. 90 days of the 360 must be within the last 3 years.

       OUPV Near Coastal 360 days* operating a small vessel 90 days of the 360 must be upon near coastal waters beyond                       the Boundary Line. 90 days of the 360 must be within the last 3 years.

  • * A "day" is defined as more than 4 hours away from the dock.

  • Must complete a USCG approved OUPV course or pass the USCG OUPV exam.

  • Must complete a USCG approved First Aid / CPR course within 1 year prior to submitting an application.

  • Must obtain a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card).

  • Must complete a DOT physical and drug screen not more then 6 months prior to submitting an application.

  • Pay all applicable fees to the USCG ($145 for an original license).

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