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Old 12-07-2011, 08:05 AM
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I am considering getting my six PAC license. Any school suggestions around St Petersburg FL?
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Not sure if they are in your area, but I did all mine through Sea School. Highly recommend.

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(I used them to get my Master's ticket, the wife got her 6-pack via them)
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Sea School's HQ is in St. Pete

http://www.seaschool.com/
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Just in case you don't like Sea School for some reason, I had a friend who just got his 6-pack and upgraded to his Master's and towing endorsement at Adam's Marine Seminars. It looks like they're based out of Crystal River but he took his class in St. Pete and just commuted from Sarasota.

I'm looking to get mine in January and he highly recommended them, he breezed right through the courses and the tests and said the teachers are an awesome group of guys.

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What are your plans once you get your license. To Charter or just to have the license to have a better understanding of boating. Keep in mind several requirements that cost in addition to the license. Drug Test, Insurance, Physical are all required and 5 yr renewal.
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Do you need a school to get a six pack? Or can you do it yourself?
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Sea School in St Pete is on 4 th street.

Got my 6 pack about 12 years ago. They have it set up really nicely with the self administered test etc.

I recall that you could self test but at that time at least you had to travel to the coast guard office in Miami and supposedly the test was more difficult. But I am not sure of the specific differences in the actual tests.
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You can take the test w/o going to Sea School or using any other prep service. You might even pass. If you want the license, do it the right way and be amazed at what you learn.
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Yes, you can do it without using a prep service but they way the systems geared now it is difficult at best. Physicals (by approved DOT physicians on USCG forms), drug screening, first aid/CPR courses all have to be done or the CG will reject the application. You also have to havethe correct number minimum 8 hour days of service certified by boat owners in the area you plan on operating in (offshore/inshore). I understand some sea schools can use their classes for credit towards these days on the water which I DO NOT agree with if true!

If you do it yourself, know both Chapmans piloting and the Rules of the Road book cover to cover, paying extra attention to lights and sound signals. For someone who's been boating since childhood it isn't nearly as difficult as a relative newbie. When I got mine (five renewals ago), the local school guy told me I'd better take his class if I expected to pass and that motivated me like crazy. I didn't like the iddea because he basically taught memorization of the questions and answers. Well, the week we all went to Charleston to take the test the CG unveiled a new batch of questions no one had seen before and 10 out of his 11 students failed! Only one other passed, me!
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I went to sea school. Their office is on 4th st in St. Pete. I all so get their paper work to renew, so you get the right USCG forms, approved physician, and drug test oh and your twic.

I agree with bills106 about classes for credit, I don't think they did that when I got mine.
We had our test at the CG auxiliary at Gandy boat ramp
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If this is for, nice to have, purposes, might want to rethink given all the crap you have to go through to renew, like stated about, first aid, eye test, hearing, drug center etc etc.
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It is absolutely an significant investment in time & money, but one that is well worthwhile. After having been through it, I'd do it again.
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Mariner learning system

http://www.marinerslearningsystem.co...FQLc4AodVxE1Mg

....You learn online and test in person, they really have a great system...and test locations that are around the country.

marlinmike- I agree, the learning was the easy part, the twic, medical and other hoops can be challanging but not impossible..
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Don t forget about the TWIC card, sea service can be on your own vessel and dates back to your 16th birthday. Also background check and digital fingerprinting. You will also have to join a drug consortium in order to be randomly drug tested.
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Originally Posted by Capt Bud4222 View Post
Don t forget about the TWIC card, sea service can be on your own vessel and dates back to your 16th birthday. Also background check and digital fingerprinting. You will also have to join a drug consortium in order to be randomly drug tested.
You do not have to join a consortium if your employer randomly tests and you can show proof of this.

Some Sea Time has to be within the last three years, but not all of it.

This is why going through Sea School is the best. They dot and cross.

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One more vote for Sea School on 4th Street. Bob, the owner, will review your application for you before you send it in and will happily answer any questions you have. He's a pretty good resource to have at your disposal.
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Originally Posted by njcoons View Post
Do you need a school to get a six pack? Or can you do it yourself?
It's all diet and alot of sit ups. JK

I acctually got mine years ago on my own. I bought a study guide book at west marine. Then you have to buy a coast pilot and chapmans but those are essentials anyway. I found it much more rewarding than cramming it into a week or a weekend. I took a winter and studied over a couple of months. I really enjoyed it.
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Do they have "sample tests" for the 6 pack or other USCG exams?

I'm more interested in testing my knowledge to better educate myself on boating than the actual license.
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Originally Posted by C Skip R View Post
What are your plans once you get your license. To Charter or just to have the license to have a better understanding of boating. Keep in mind several requirements that cost in addition to the license. Drug Test, Insurance, Physical are all required and 5 yr renewal.
No plans at this time. I have always wanted to get it and thought it would be nice to have. I have considered using my boat to do offshore loan closings and I would need the license to do that.

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