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Captains License & Endorsements, Online Approved Courses and Other USCG Courses in Wisconsin and Other Locations in U.S. & Online

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Explorers Guide Maritime Academy has been successfully turning boaters into Captains for over twelve years in Wisconsin and the academy provides a variety of maritime courses in classroom, online, and distance learning formats, from the USCG-approved captains license classes, to public safety and recreational boating classes. Captain license classroom courses are routinely held in Appleton, WI; Milwaukee, WI, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Saint Paul, MN; Chicago, IL; Grass Valley, CA and other west coast locations. 

Online courses are also available for students worldwide with access to the course material available 24/7. These are in the same format as the classroom classes and students work through the material at their own pace, and are then required to sit for a proctored final exam at a location nearest to them. Explorers Guide Maritime Academy has USCG-Approved Proctored Exam Sites all over the United States.

Explorers Guide Maritime Academy has received approval by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to offer Veteran's education benefits to qualified Veterans. Only Classroom Courses in Appleton, Sturgeon Bay, and Milwaukee, WI are approved for this benefit. At this time, Online captains license classes are not covered for VA funding.

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Training Programs



Captain License Courses (Classroom)

  •  Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal
  • OUPV to Mate 200 Ton, with possible 200 Ton Masters
  • OUPV Upgrade to Master 100 Tons
  • Master 100 Ton Increase in Scope from Great Lakes/Inland to Master 100 Ton Near Coastal

Captain's License Endorsements (Classroom)

  • Able Seaman
  • Auxiliary Sailing
  • Assistant Towing
  • Rules of the Road

Online Approved Courses

  • Online Captains License OUPV Inland/Great Lakes Only
  • OUPV class - Online 6 Pack Inland, Great Lakes or Near Coastal Route
  • Upgrade to Master 100 Ton Online
  • Master Upgrade Inland Great Lakes Online
  • Master Increase in Scope to Near Coastal Online
  • Mate 200 Ton Online
  • Able Seaman Online
  • Assistance Towing Online
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement Online
  • Navigation Rules of the Road (DWO) Online
  • Lifeboatman Limited Online

USCG Approved Courses

  • OUPV Near Coastal
  • OUPV Upgrade to Master 100-ton
  • Upgrade to Inland/Great Lakes Masters
  • Master 100 ton Increase in Scope
  • Mate 200 Ton
  • Navigation Rules of the Road
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement
  • Assistance Towing Endorsement
  • Able Seaman
  • First Aid, CPR, AED

LAST UPDATED ON June 5, 2018

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