Captain's License OUPV/Six-pack (Digital Edition)

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Course Materials

One year's access to our award-winning Internet based narrated lecture and interactive learning system. Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. In the rare event that an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

MLS iVideo Training Series

So You Want to be a Captain?
Navigational Rules of the Road
Piloting and General Navigation
MLS Digital Online Study Guides

Navigational Rules of the Road
Seamanship for the Mariner
Navigation for the Mariner - Two-volume set
Maritime Law - Uninspected Passenger Vessels

(1) Full sized Long Island Sound Training Chart - 12354TR (Shipped via USPS)

Course Overview

The Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels(OUPV/Charter Boat Captain) is the most popular of the Captain's Licenses and is required for those who wish to operate fishing and sailing charters, run a dive boat, or offer sightseeing tours, etc.

Course Subjects Include:

Navigational Rules of the Road
Aids to Navigation & Chart Plotting
Electronic Navigation
Characteristics of Weather Systems
Lifesaving Equipment & Safety

This license entitles the holder to carry up to six passengers "for hire." Including the Captain and Mate, that adds up to eight people authorized onboard power or sailing vessels up to 100-tons.

Sea Service

For this license, a day of sea service is defined as at least 4 hours underway on any given calander day and can be counted back to your 15th birthday. You do not have to know the exact dates - just the number of days each year.

License Operating Area

This license can be issued for the Great Lakes, U.S. Inland Waters or U.S. Near Coastal waters (depending on where you gained your experience).


Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. Each instructor is a USCG Licensed Master that has gone through a rigorous approval process meeting the standards of the United States Coast Guard to become a certified instructor. They bring a level of knowledge, experience, and professionalism that adds to the total learning process. In the rare event than an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

License Requirements

The USCG Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV/SixPack Captain's License) allows the holder to carry up to six paying passengers on uninspected vessels up to 100 gross tons (about 75-90 feet long). These are usually smaller vessels that normally engage in charter fishing, SCUBA diving, or tour cruises. As such, these vessels are limited to six paying passengers plus crew-hence the term "Six-Pack." The OUPV License is issued in three forms:

OUPV Inland License: The OUPV Inland license is restricted to operation shoreward of the boundary line, excluding the Great Lakes. As a general rule, the U.S. Boundary Line follows coastal shorelines and across the entrances to small bays, inlets, and rivers. This license is valid on uninspected vessels to 100 gross tons.

This license requires at least 360 days of Documented Experience in the operation of vessels, with 90 of the 360 days occurring in the last three years. Experience gained prior to 15 years of age may not be counted.
The Six-pack Inland License can be upgraded to a Near Coastal License once 90 days experience seaward of the U.S. Boundary has been achieved.
OUPV Great Lakes & Inland: 360 total with at least 90 days service on the Great Lakes.

OUPV Near Coastal: This license is valid on vessels up to 100 gross tons and out to 100 nautical miles.

The OUPV Near Coastal License also requires at least 360 days of documented experience in the operation of vessels, 90 of which must be gained seaward of the boundary line. Ninety of the 360 days must be in the last three years. Experience gained prior to the age of 15 will not be counted.

Note: Sea Service experience can be counted on your own vessel. A Small Vessel Sea Service Form and proof of ownership are required. Experience on other people's vessels can also be counted. In this instance, to verify experience claimed and vessel details, a completed Sea Service Form with the owner's signature must accompany the application.

Additional Requirements Include:

Obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)
Minimum age: 18 years old
Pass a Physical Examination
Take a Drug Test unless enrolled in a USCG - approved random drug program for at least 60 of the last 185 days, and with no failure or refusal to participate in a chemical test for dangerous drugs
CPR/First Aid Card
U.S. Citizenship, permanent resident "Green Card," or other work visa.
Provide Three Character References
Completion of Mariners Learning System™ USCG-approved Master 25/50/100 Ton online course
Completed USCG Original License Application Package

Lesson Plan

Module I - Navigation Rules of the Road

Part A - General
Section I - Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility
Section II - Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility
Section III - Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility
Part C - Lights and Shapes
Part D - Sound and Light Signals
Differences between International and U.S. Inland Rules of the Road
Module II - Deck Safety

Fire Fighting
Marine Engine Operations
Marine Radiotelephone
Lifesaving Equipment
Pollution Prevention
Module III - Deck General

Basic Seamanship
Characteristics of Weather systems
Ship Handling
Emergency Procedures
Maritime Law
Module IV - Piloting and General Navigation

Tides and Currents
Approaches to Anchorages and Harbors
Electronic Navigation Equipment


Once the student completes the course quizzes and online Module Exam they take their final proctored exam online. No further testing at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers. The grading standards are:

Exam Modules

Rules of the Road
Navigation General
Deck General

Number of Questions


Minimum Score Required


Number of Questions a student can get wrong and still pass

5 wrong
1 wrong
15 wrong
15 wrong

Online Testing System Requirements

You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet ex: Chromebook)

You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone

Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Determine your Internet speed by running a test at:

Room/Space preparations:

The lighting in the room must be bright enough so that your face and eyes can be seen throughout the duration of the exam.

Your desk/workspace must be completely cleared of all papers, books, and reference materials. In addition, please clear the entire room (including walls and bookshelves) of any materials that could be considered reference materials. Any suspect items seen during the initial room scan by your proctor will be flagged.

Ensure you adhere to the rules during your exam.

You MUST provide your valid government issued photo ID when requested.

You MUST remain directly in front of your webcam for the duration of the exam.

You MUST NOT have anyone else in the room with you for the duration of your exam.

You MUST NOT interact or communicate with anyone by any means while testing.

You MUST NOT use any other electronic devices (phone, ipod, headphones, MP3 player, another computer, etc.) while taking the exam.

Reference materials (papers, pens, books, study guides, e-mails, website, etc.) MUST NOT be used while testing.

You MUST NOT use any mobile device or have any mobile device within your eyesight during the exam.

You MUST NOT access other websites or applications on the computer while testing.

You MUST NOT intentionally disable internet connection while testing.

*Violation of any these rules will be flagged during your exam by the web proctor, and your exam WILL be marked as a FAIL, you will not be eligible for a refund and WILL be banned from re-taking the exam with Mariners Learning System.