Re: captains license
I just finished taking a 3 weekend OUPV License Course. Like previously stated the course just gets you ready to pass the exams. While the Rules of the Road, Plotting and NavAids were very helpful, everything else is a complete waste of time:weather, marlinspike, communications, boat safety etc. Unless you are looking to get that "Piece of Paper" you are better off taking a course for the particular area you are interested in. To me it was a personal goal but now that I reached it, it just doesn't mean as much as it used to.