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Become a Licensed Captain

Earn your Captain’s License through the Naples School of Boating! In partnership with the Mariner’s Learning System, we help experienced recreational boaters become U.S Coast Guard Licensed Captains. This comprehensive training program is 100% online and can be completed on any device.

Professional Training Program

The Naples School of Boating is committed to helping both recreational boaters and professional mariners on their educational journey.That’s why we have partnered with Mariner’s Learning System, an online solution for boaters who want to become U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.This comprehensive program provides everything you need to successfully pass the Coast Guard exam including practice tests, online resources and guides, and a team of knowledgeable professionals at Marine’s Learning System standing by to assist. Courses include the OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) also known as the 6-Pack License, Master License Upgrade, and endorsements including Sail and Assistance Towing.


Why Become A Licensed Captain

Why become a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain? For some, the goal is knowledge and skill so that they can become better and safer recreational boaters, navigate longer distances, and have more confidence as they enjoy the boating lifestyle. For others, the goal is to make boating a profession and make their living on the water. If you have the required amount of documented sea time, there are many career options available for Licensed Captains.


How to Become A Licensed Captain

Becoming a Licensed Captain is not an easy task, but it is attainable for most people. The part that takes the longest, and perhaps what deters most people, is the the required amount of experience and documented sea time. We have outlined the process from start to finish on a separate page, but here is a summary:

  • 360 days of documented sea time
  • Complete a Coast Guard approved training course
  • Submit an initial licensing packet

Please read our comprehensive blog post titled How To Earn Your Captain’s License for an in-depth look at the process of becoming a professional captain.


Plans and Prices

For the most up-to-date information on training plans and pricing, or to purchase a plan, please visit our plans and prices page.


Free Consultation

Deciding to earn your Captain’s License is a big decision. If you have questions or would like some advice on getting started, please submit our consultation request form.

“I successfully earned my Captain’s License from the Mariner’s Learning System nearly 15 years ago, before the course was available online. The instructors were very helpful, the materials were excellent in quality and content, and I built lasting friendships with other captains. Earning my license was one of the best investments that I ever made, as it has allowed me to share my passion for boating with others through teaching and coaching, and it has allowed me to create my own business which was a very important goal in my life. Thank you Mariner’s Learning System!”

Captain Frank Lecardo

Owner & Instructor, Naples School of Boating LLC

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