It is extremely important for a new student to understand and meet
all prerequisites prior to attending class. With 16 years of experience,
New England Maritime will help you in your quest for a USCG License
by assisting you with your USCG application. We are happy to confidentially
discuss any matters of concern or may direct you to the proper USCG
personnel to alleviate any confusion.
Do I test with
the U. S. Coast Guard?
No. New England Maritime offers a USCG Approved Course, and as long
as you maintain your 90% attendance and successfully complete the
required exams during class, you will receive a Certificate of Training
in lieu of the USCG exam!
How old do I have to be to obtain
a USCG License?
OUPV (Six Pack Charter Boat Captain) -- 18 years old
Master 25/50/100 Ton -- 19 years old
What is Sea Experience?
You need time at sea as an operator or deckhand in order to be eligible
for a USCG Captains License. The minimum amount of experience is 360
days at sea (away from the dock) with 90 of those days in the last
A day is 4-8 hours at sea.
How do I prove to the USCG
the Sea Experience I have gained?
You may document sea experience on your own boat, friend's or family's
boats as long as you are operator or deckhand (assisting with lines,
operation, passenger safety, etc.).
If the sea time is on other people's boats, you need the owner to
complete a USCG Sea Service Form 719S
for each boat.
If the sea time on your own boat(s), you will complete a USCG Sea
Service Form 719S for each boat AND prove ownership (bill of sale
or registration or documentation or insurance papers, etc) of each
You may use sea experience back to age 16, as long as you can prove
the sea time.
What may disqualify me from obtaining a
The USCG Application Form 719B contains
a Narcotics, DWI/DUI, and Conviction Record Section. If you have had
any court convictions, DWI/DUI, refusal of alcohol/drug test, loss
of driver's license, CG Letter of Warning, or other situation you
see as a concern, please contact New England Maritime and we will
confidentially discuss your individual situation or direct you to
the proper USCG personnel to alleviate any confusion prior to signing
up for class.
What is a USCG Physical exam?
The USCG Physical Form 719K and USCG
Drug Test Form 719P are prerequisites in obtaining your USCG License
and may disqualify or restrict your license. The Coast Guard requires
a physician to ensure you are of sound health, have no physical limitations
that would hinder or prevent performance of duties, are physically
and mentally able to stay alert for 4-6 hour shifts, and are free
from any medical conditions that pose a risk of sudden incapacitation
which would affect operating, or working on vessels.
Your Physical Exam will indicate any vision, color vision, blood pressure,
hearing, medications, physical impairment, or medical conditions.
Any of these conditions does not necessarily prevent you from obtaining
a USCG License, but may require additional information and/or tests
from your attending physician. Please contact New England Maritime
to confidentially discuss your situation.
The USCG Drug Test must be performed by a SAMHSA Accredited Laboratory
for a DOT 5 Panel of Marijuana metabolites, Cocaine metabolites, Opiate
metabolites, Phencyclidine, and Amphetamines.
New England Maritime has provided two options for Physical and Drug
Test Sites, or you may try the USCG
How do I receive my actual USCG License?
Upon completion of your New England Maritime USCG Approved Course,
you will receive a Certificate of Training (expires one year from
date of issue). New England Maritime will assist you in getting all
your paperwork properly completed for you to bring up to the USCG
REC in Boston. If your USCG application paperwork is satisfactory,
the USCG will issue your license at that time.
a Launch Certificate?
Anyone wishing to operate a launch on the water that carries passengers
for a nominal fee (directly or indirectly) is required by the Coast
Guard to hold a Launchtender certificate. The certificate allows its
holder to operate a launch within a designated area. This includes
sailing or swimming programs that shuttle students to and from boats,
floats and docks.
What is the difference between O. U.
P. V. and Master Limited?
An OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) certificate is
required on a launch that does NOT hold a Certificate of Inspection
from the Coast Guard. (All vessels carrying more than six passengers
are required to be inspected by the Coast Guard.) Candidates must
be over age 17 and have 90 days of sea time in the past three years.
A Master Limited certificate is required on a launch that does hold
a Certificate of Inspection from the Coast Guard. Candidates must
be 18 years of age and show 120 days of sea time, 90 of which must
have been in the past 3 years.
In addition, CPR & First Aid training within one year of application
is recommended for unrestricted licensure. Students graduating from
the New England Maritime launch program will also receive a boating
safety certificate (also required for licensure).
needs a Boating Safety Certificate?
Any youth between the ages of 12 and 15 that wishes to operate a boat
without adult supervision in Massachusetts waters is required to hold
a current boating safety certificate. This course is also recommended
for all new boaters and as a refresher for experienced boat operators.
As you can see, pre-qualifying is extremely important prior to a commitment
of attending a USCG Approved Course. This professional approach to
USCG Licensing allows the student to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere for
learning while attending class, rather than worrying about eligibility
for a license. New England Maritime is here to assist you in your