Our Classes

The Captain School has a proven method of instruction and has graduated over 9,000 students to date from our program allowing mariners to apply for a Captain’s License or what is now called USCG Merchant Mariner’s Credential. We give the test.

The mission of The Captain School is to provide a quality educational experience in the classroom and through demonstrations of practical competencies at entry and operational levels. Course offerings include: OUPV, Master, Upgrade to Master, Sailing, Towing, Security Officer-Vessel, Company, and Port Facility.

We keep a low student to teacher ratio offering a better opportunity for one on one interaction with the students. The curriculum is supported by a team of qualified instructors approved by the US Coast Guard who bring a wealth of practical experience to the educational environment.

The Captain School was established in St.Thomas USVI in 1994, and taught its first US Coast Guard approved course in the United States in 2000 after a two year review by the Coast Guard.

Available License Certifications

OUPV License

Captains 6 pack license (vessels up 100 gross tons)

Upgrade to Masters License

Upgrade from OUPV to inspected vessels (25-50-100 ton)

Towing Endorsement

Obtain a Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsement

Sailing Endorsement

Obtain a Sailing or Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement

CPR First Aid

For original certification or renewal

USCG Physicals

USCG Physicals are offered in our Cape Coral & Naples FL locations once a month


Marine radio operators permit


Personnel with designated security duties which include security awareness

STCW: Security Officer

Vessel, Company, and Port Facility approved by both Det Norske Veritas and the US Coast Guard


Leadership and team working skills as required for Master of 5-GRT or larger license