What course is right for you?
Confident Captain/Ocean Pros offers a variety of courses ranging from various USCG-certified courses to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail certification. The best way to choose a class is to first determine a goal; decide if you are looking to use your certification professionally or not, and then consider if you would benefit most from basic safety training, a Captain's/Yachtmaster course, or both! If you are interested in getting your Captain's license or professional Yachtmaster certification you need to initially figure out how much sea time you have and the tonnage of the boats on which you have it. If you decide that you would like to use your license professionally, you should consider what types of boats you would like to work on; specifically you will need to decide if you want a license that will allow you to captain United States or foreign-flagged vessels.
For those interested in working on US-flagged vessels, the United States Coast Guard courses will meet your needs. Please click on the OUPV (Six-Pack), Master 100GT, and Able Seaman tabs below. If you decide that you are interested in basic safety training and want to learn skills such as basic firefighting and personal survival techniques, please click on STCW-10 tab below. For those interested in being able to captain foreign-flagged vessels up to 200GT, please read more about the Yachtmaster requirements below. Please note that upon successful completion of these courses, the student will graduate with a professional certification. Recreational boaters who are looking to advance their skills are welcome at Confident Captain/Ocean Pros.
Thank you for choosing to take a course at Confident Captain! On this page you will find all of the information you need for your first day of class. Please review the checklist and forms that are linked below in preparation for Day 1. Good luck in your course and do not forget to bring a writing utensil and a notebook!
There is plenty of parking for you at our location at the Maritime Simulation Institute on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, as well as at our Wickford facility. If you are looking for a place to stay, please download our Welcome to Newport Guide which has information about lodging, dining, and things to do in town should you choose to extend your stay. You may also visit the Discover Newport website at www.discovernewport.org for additional information.
Confident Captain/Ocean Pros offers a wide variety of courses ranging from many different USCG certified courses as well as RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Certification. The best way to determine which course(s) you are eligible to take, is to read through the prerequisite requirements for each course and then calculate your sea time to determine which course you will be eligible to take.
If you are new to the industry and do not have 360 days on the water (90 in the past three years) you are not yet eligible to get your Captains License. Our recommendation is that you take STCW-10 Basic Safety training so that you will begin your career with knowledge about how to prevent accidents what to do in the case of an emergency.
If you have 360 days on the water (90 in the past three years) then you may be eligible to get your OUPV or Master 25/50/100GT Captains License. This course will teach you all of the rules of the road, basic navigation, deck safety and more! This license will allow you to captain US flagged boats.
If you are an accomplished sailor and have captained vessels during several long and overnight passages then you may be a candidate for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Certification Course!
Confident Captain/Ocean Pros offers weekday, weeknight, on-line and often weekend courses to fit into the busy lives of our students. Please view our current course schedule for both the professional mariner and the recreational boater. If you cannot find a course that fits into your schedule please contact us and we would be happy to try our best and accommodate you.
See your primary physician. Be sure to print out the appropriate forms for your doctor to complete. See list of forms under Licensing Forms and Checklist.
For specific instructions regarding these procedures including directions as to how to fill out the forms, please download our USCG Student Application Guide.
When coming to a course at Confident Captain, please allow extra time for traffic especially in the summer months, as Newport is a very popular tourist destination. For all classes please come prepared with a notebook and writing instrument. If you are enrolled in a daytime course, you will have approximately a one-hour lunch break in which you are welcome to eat in the classroom or at one of the local lunch spots. If you are taking a Captain's course, do not forget to bring your textbook!
In order to properly document sea time, candidates must fill out the Small Vessel Sea Service form and transfer all of their sea time information to this document. Please note that one form should be used for each vessel and that the owner, operator, or master must sign off on the time for the form to be valid. If the candidate is the owner of the vessel, he or she may sign off on his or her own sea time.
A day is defined as eight hours of watchstanding or day work, not to include overtime. On commercial vessels where a twelve-hour workday is authorized and practiced, such as on a six-on, six-off watch schedule, each workday may be considered for one and one-half days of service credit. Required sea service is specified in months or years, which are then converted to days, i.e., one year means 360 days and one month is 30 days. Service other than on deck is given half credit (e.g., 1 day credit for every 2 days served) and an approved training program may substitute for all except 30 days of the service requirement. On vessels of less than 100 gross tons, a day is considered as eight hours unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection determines that the vessel's operating schedule makes this criteria inappropriate, in no case will this period be less than four hours.
It is very important that you have all of the correct paperwork completed before visiting your nearest USCG station. Review the USCG Student Application Guide to make sure you have not forgotten anything!
- A 50% Non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. If there is less than 7 days before the course starts, the fee is due in full at the time of registration. The balance is due in prior to the first class session and is non-refundable after beginning the course. If the balance is not received at this time, you will not be allowed to join the course.
- We reserve the right to charge a $25 fee for any returned check.
- If the student is unable to attend the course for which he or she has registered, the 50% deposit will be credited to the student's account for one (1) year. Please note that this deposit can be applied to another course at Confident Captain but cannot be transferred as a deposit for another course.
- Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is unable to make refunds of deposits in any circumstance or of balances in case of late cancellation.
Licensing Forms & Checklists
CG719S Small Vessel Sea Service Form (1045 KB)
Drug Testing Instruction Sheet (92 KB)
USCG Boundary Line Points (372 KB)
USCG General Licensing Package (1232 KB)
USCG License Renewal Package (755 KB)
USCG Student Application Guide (2329 KB)
Yachtmaster Application (1284 KB)