US Coast Guard License Exam Prep Course

For Master/Mate (near Coastal or Inland Waters), or Operator, Un-inspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV)

Our Master/Mate and OUPV courses are designed for power and sail boaters, commercial operators and yachtsmen wishing to pursue either a professional career, or part-time work in commercial vessel operations, including carrying passengers for hire, and recreational boaters wishing to increase both knowledge and skills.

These are not beginner courses, but rather intensive courses designed to teach you the skills needed to obtain a USCG license. Instruction will include general seamanship, Navigation Rules, Coastal Piloting and Plotting, weather, tides and currents, use of reference publications, deck operations and safety. Assistance towing is routinely included as part of our license training.

Students are provided with an official copy of the Navigation Rules, required training charts, a student workbook and study guide, quizzes, exercises, and other materials.

Our course is available as a 2-week course with class meeting daily Mon-Fri, or for those who would like to work while attending classes, we have a 5-week course meeting evenings and Saturdays. Each course is intensive and fast paced. License candidates must be able to attend all classes and have ample time to study between class meetings.

The U.S.C.G exam is administered at the end of each course.

Guide to the USCG Licensing process


An in-person registration appointment is required to register. Early registration is strongly advised as this will allow students to receive individualized assistance with preparation of their USCG license application before classes start.
To request an appointment email Capt. Sarah Hirsch –


License Requirements

  1. Sea time – A minimum of 360 underway days as paid or volunteer skipper or crew for Master Inland/Mate Near-Coastal and OUPV (720 days for Master Near-Coastal).
  2. USCG Application Forms
  3. TWIC Card
  4. Proof of US Citizenship
  5. An original Social Security Card
  6. Current First Aid and CPR certification. See the USCG website for recognized cards or sign up for our Red Cross course
  7. A physical exam and a drug screen (details provided at registration).

For more information call The School Office at 949-645-9412 or email Capt. Sarah Hirsch –