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Course recommendations to get Captain's License?

Old 02-05-2018, 04:39 AM
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Default Course recommendations to get Captain's License?

I'm at the point where I'd like to get my Captain's License (either 6 pack or 50 ton). I have more than enough documented sea time. I've been boating 50+ years but am not foolish enough to believe I can pass the exam without taking a course.

I'd love suggestions for either online courses or other resources that people have used to pass the exam. I did buy a course preparation book last summer and was overwhelmed by how much time they spent in the book just on lights and signals (with 50+ years of boating, much of what they covered in the book seemed Greek to me even though I'd consider myself an experienced and capable boater).

I hope I don't prove the adage about being too old to teach an old dog new tricks.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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I got mine last summer, age 52, and the test is no joke. I did sea school online and it took me about a month working on it 4-5 hours a day to get through the course. You have to schedule your test and go to one of their locations to take it. In my area it was given on mondays so I studied all weekend. There are four parts to the test, one part you have to get a 90% on to pass. Maybe i over studied but I only missed 5 questions on all four parts combined. There were several other people in there testing and most of them failed at least one part. You get to study on the spot and try to retake it one time again that day. That all being said, a friend of mine did the classroom course about the same time. It was done over two weekends and they pretty much taught the test. Where I studied all the information, they taught him what he needed to know to pass the test. There are a lot more steps to getting the license than just passing the test. You also have to apply for a TWIC card which involves a background check, get CPR certified and pass a DOT equivalent physical. All total it cost me about $1000. My friend paid a little more because the classroom instruction costs more than the online course. If you are going to run charters you also have to buy that license, insure your boat for charter use, and start a business with forming an LLC and business license expenses.
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I took the class (in person) through Boatwise. Everyones learning capabilities are different. They didnt offer the online course when I got my license and for me, I wouldnt be able to do it. Boatwise does a great job at teaching and making sure that you fully understand the material. At the end of the course, you take Boatwise's own exam, which is approved by the Coast Gaurd.

I passed the exam on the first attempt, but a friend of mine was not as successful. The owner of boatwise tutored him for MONTHS after the class was over (at no additional cost) to make sure that he was ready and he finally he passed the exams.

From what I remember , the exams were not easy. The rules of the road exam has a passing grade of 90%, which can be difficult. Like you said, there are tons of lights and signals to memorize. There are many online websites where you can take practice tests and track your progress.

I noticed that you are in RI. It looks like Boatwise offers classes in Fall River pretty often. If you plan on going to the Boston Boat show at all, I know that I always see them with a booth set up.

Good luck, PM me if you have any questions.
Old 02-05-2018, 08:21 AM
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Another vote for Sea School. Pay very close attention to the Charting section and how the questions are asked on the test.
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I did Sea School in Person in St Pete Fl, I got a lot out of it, I did Saturday Sundays all day for like 3 or 4 weeks then took the test.

There is an app for your phone that asks you all the rules of the road questions and gives you grades. That was 100 percent super helpful, I played with that up until the test and got 100 on ROFTR.
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Adams Marine seminars.
Old 02-05-2018, 01:40 PM
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I used this. Basically taught myself over the course of 3 weeks. If your not self disciplined I would suggest a class. As others stated, it was not easy!!!
Old 02-05-2018, 07:27 PM
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Sea School, go to the classroom setting. Well worth the time and effort. They not only help you pass the test but will help get your application packet together to send to the coast guard.
Old 02-05-2018, 07:38 PM
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I did Sea School's online 6-pack/oupv class. I would not recommend that route. Go for the 50Ton and do it in person or find a more modern online course.
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99 percent of test is pretty much useless. They ask you so many questions that will never come to mind when you’re boating.

Rules of the Roads is 90 percent correct. That’s the ones that really matter.

They ask a bunch of stuff you will never use.

Hands on experience and common sense are much more important than the other parts.

Plotting can be difficult.

I did a school back in the 2000. 2 weeks and it was easy. Missed 1 question. The plotting I got a 70. All you needed.

Unless you use the license for work or to make money it’s really a waste of money. I didn’t learn anything more than I already knew besides Rules of The Riad.

To many question asked about stuff that really has no use in boating.

One question was what is the pro dominant current in a certain country.

Basically they wanted you to look up information in books to find the answer.
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Does anyone know where to get a captains license, OUPV/masters in the CT area?
Just starting to look now. Def want to go to a class as opposed to online.
Old 05-04-2018, 07:15 AM
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On the sea school website they have a course locator. They have courses all over the US.
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Sea School.
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I did Sea School. My instructor was very knowledgeable but a sailboating dick(I mentioned sailboating because every comment from him was how power boaters and fishermen were the scourge of the earth, etc, etc). It was a shame because I enjoyed the interaction with others in the class and learning things I didn't know. Overall, I am glad I did it, I don't plan on making a living with the license but it was a goal at the time(I hated being called "captain" without the license - that is just me). Debating on continuing and getting the 100 ton. Again, don't need it but thinking. Do it, you will be glad you did.

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