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USCG License Courses and Non Licensing Courses in Beaver Falls PA and Bethany / Rehoboth Area in Delaware

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Located at Beaver Falls in Pennsylvania, Nautical Academics provides USCG captains licensing classes and other maritime courses. Over the years they have made their second home on the beaches of Delaware. Throughout the spring, summer and fall Nautical Academics hold classes in the Bethany/Rehoboth Area near the Indian River Inlet as well. They also offer Accommodations for out of the area students, or students that would like to take advantage of a quiet place to study.

Nautical Academics have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors and is a family owned and operated business with three generations of captains teaching the students. Apart from the class room courses, they also offer online captains licensing programs for those who do not have to attend a full time class in PA or Delaware.

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Training Programs

USCG Captains Programs

  • OUPV: The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels course is the basic Captains license that you can receive. The classes are held in 3 weekends - Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday with final exam on the third Sunday. Also 1 Week classes with 2 weekends Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday Monday-Friday evenings, exam the 2nd Sunday. Another one is 5 day with Monday-Friday all day program.
  • OUPV Online: This course covers all of the subjects that is done with the normal classroom setting through step by step modules. Once completion of the course you can take the test at any of the school’s testing locations.
  • Masters Upgrade: The Masters Upgrade allows the Captain with an OUPV license to have a Master Captains license. This allows you to operate vessels with more than just 6 paying passengers and vessels within their gross tonnage requirements. This is a 1 weekend program with Thursday and Friday evenings, all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Assistance Towing and Auxiliary Sail Endorsements: These are Endorsements that you can put onto your license that allow you to do greater things with them and are an asset to have; they are courses that focus on the subjects of towing, and sailing. Each are offered individually with their own exam usually after the OUPV or Masters Course.

Other Courses

  • Rules of the Road
  • Deck General
  • Celestial Navigation
  • Fire Fighting
  • First Aid
  • Radar

Non Licensing Courses

  • Arts of Navigation
  • The Rules Of The Road
  • Safe Boating
  • Boat Handling
  • Private In-Water Lessons


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