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Tranquilo 02-26-2013 08:43 AM

Captains Licence
While I know I'm getting waaaayy ahead of myself, can anyone offer insight on what is required to get a captain's licence? Specifically, I'm wondering what would be required if my long term desire was to earn proper certification to be able to be hired to run peoples pleasure crafts down the the Caribbean, or to captain their boats, and offering sailing lessons? (after getting this experience myself of course!! :))

sailingfool 02-26-2013 10:01 AM

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eherlihy 02-26-2013 11:27 AM

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SteveInMD 02-26-2013 01:48 PM

Step 1. Document 365 days at sea on the coast guard Small Vessel Sea Service Form. If you plan on operating as a captain in near coastal waters you will need 90 days of near coastal experience to qualify for a license that allows this.

I'm not trying to discourage you. Start documenting today so you can get your license some day if you want to.

eherlihy 02-26-2013 02:30 PM

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The USCG requires 360 days of service, 90 of which have to be in the last 3 years.

jrd22 02-26-2013 04:11 PM

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Take one of the classes when you have the sea time, it's the only way to go IMO (I didn't, that's how I know).

boatpoker 02-26-2013 06:11 PM

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Tranquilo is in Cambridge, Ontario, none of the advice offered is applicable unless he is also a US citizen.

Canadian Masters License are more difficult to obtain see Transport Canada

Tranquilo 03-02-2013 11:23 AM

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I plan on travelling the US coast, and down into the Caribbean beginning in 2014. I will be sailing this summer and next, in Canada. But most of the experience referenced above will come from outside Canada. Does that qualify me to go through US programs?

boatpoker 03-02-2013 11:31 AM

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If you are a Canadian citizen the only US license you can qualify for is the OUPV (six pack) and that can be a time consuming affair for a Canadian what with the required drug tests from a USCG Approved Doctor (there used to be one in Kitchener), police check and travel to Toledo (nearest to you) USCG office to write the exam. etc.

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