Cyber Monday - why not get a USCG Captains License?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Stee6043, Nov 29, 2021.

  1. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I assume some of you received the same email I did from Mariners Learning System over the weekend. They are running a 25% off deal on their online captains license courses.

    I've been kicking around the idea of getting a license for a while now. I enjoy learning and I enjoy boating. Why not go for it? The 25% off is what pushed me over the edge. I may never use the license to be honest :)

    I believe my 400 will get me into a 50 gross ton license but I need to confirm that. The displacement calculations are a bit wonky.

    So here's to a fun winter project!
     
  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Getting a oupv is great but I recommend an environment where you learn in-person.
     
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  3. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Education is the one thing other people can not take away from you.

    You will get mixed feelings on CSR regarding the value of the process. I did it 20+ years ago and felt it provided a more robust knowledge set than any other education curriculum. I did an in-person class for 4 days that included a medical and all the paperwork.

    There are those that feel it raises your legal culpability if an accident was to occur. Perhaps that is true but there is no evidence I have found that supports that claim. I have found that if you don't have a USCG license and you are taking paying passengers for a ride......you are in a world of hurt without a license. Since I am far more likely to haul paying passengers than get into an accident......it is a no brainer.

    The process has become more onerous since USCG was taken over by Homeland Security. You have to obtain a Homeland Security credential as well as pass the test. I have gone through five renewals but I probably won't make the effort to do a sixth. Part of that reason is that I probably only had 20 qualified days logged on the boat this year.
     
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  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    The reviews debating between in-person and online are mixed, as with all things. I got a fair amount of bang for my buck from two online masters degrees (from real universities) so I'm willing to take a shot at it.

    I'm going for a Master Inland...
     
  5. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Nothing wrong with on-line courses from a content and knowledge building. Where you lose is the class interaction where other students ask questions that come from a different perspective. In my class we had Merchant Marine mariners as well as recreational boaters which made the class discussion far more interesting.

    That said....the test is the test.
     

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