USCG OUPV (6-PAK) Boatwise License Classes
wants to make sure that all students signing up for the
OUPV class (6-pak) understand the USCG requirements for
the license. They are briefly reviewed below. If you have
any questions or have any unusual health issues, we
recommend you follow up with Boatwise, email
call 1-888-IASKNMC (888-427-5662) to ensure that you are qualified to hold
the license. Examples of health issues are color blindness,
hearing loss, heart attack or hypertension health history.
has approved the Boatwise OUPV, Masters
& Masters Upgrade
curriculum to substitute for the USCG exams.
of our 56 hour OUPV (6-PAK) License class, the student studies
the materials at his/her own pace and returns to take our
test generally 2 weeks following course completion. After successfully passing the 4 sections of our multiple
choice exam, the student receives a certificate which, with
the complete application, may be submitted for the OUPV
is the OUPV License?
"Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels" License allows
the holder to Captain uninspected vessels up to 100 gross
tons (about 75-90 feet long). Most pleasure vessels are in
the uninspected vessel category due to the materials and method
of construction. As such, these vessels are limited to 6 paying
passengers plus crew - hence the term "6-pak". The OUPV License
is issued in two forms:
Inland License - Requires at least 360 days experience
in the operation of vessels. 90 of the 360 days must be in the last 3 years.
Experience gained prior to the age of 14 will not be counted.
license is good on vessels to 100 gross tons.
license is restricted to operation within the Boundary
Lines ( as described in the USCG application package)
excluding the Great Lakes. This license is good on uninspected
vessels to 100 gross tons.
license can be upgraded to a OUPV Near Coastal once you
have achieved 90 days experience outside the Boundary
Near Coastal - This license also requires at least 360
days experience in the operation of vessels, 90 of which
must be gained outside the Boundary Lines.
of the 360 days must be in the last 3 years. Experience
gained prior to the age of 14 will not be counted. This license is good on vessels to 100 gross tons and
out to 100 nautical miles. NOTE: Experience can be
counted on your own vessel. A letter and proof of ownership
are required. Experience on other persons' vessels can also
be counted however, a letter from the owner to a sea
service form signed by the owner must accompany
the application verifying experience claimed and vessel
are the USCG 6-Pak requirements?
18 or over
days underway experience
of those days in the last 3 years
drug test and eye exam
Valid CPR/First Aid card to Valid CPR/First Aid card
(American Red Cross, Heart Assoc. or USCG Approved course)
of the USCG exam OR
of a USCG approved course like the BOATWISE
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC
USCG OUPV (6-PAK) Tuition is $945.00 (includes all materials, instruction, testing fees)
Subject Modules (1 day sessions) may be taken by themselves as standalone reviews without taking the whole curriculum at a tuition rate of $150.00 per day (includes that modules materials/text information). This applies to those people studying on their own for the USCG exam and wanted, forexmaple, to take attend the 'Rules of the Road' session.
Unless noted, all class hours are: weekend days (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) and Tuesday & Thursday evenings (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Links to: Class Schedules & Locations || Registration Form