The six pack captain’s license is your first step to a career out on the water. If you want to take advantage of the vast number of opportunities out there, you will need a captain’s license recognized by the United States Coast Guard to get started. How you go about getting your license is up to you, but our students are happy to report that Mariners Learning System was the perfect way for them.

When you sign up with Mariners Learning System, class begins whenever you want. How many of us out there can put our lives on hold for a sustained period of time in order to attend classes? We’re willing to bet very few. That’s why online learning can be such a convenient, student-friendly way to get your six pack captain’s license. Not convinced. Take a look at the numbers for yourself.

When you become a mariner, you will be given a wide variety of learning materials including video lectures, reading materials, and more. By the time you complete your course, you will be ready for your exam and a career out on the water. Here are some things that you can expect to learn about in the Mariners Learning System.

  • Navigation Rules
  • Deck Safety Including Emergency Procedures
  • Maritime Law
  • Piloting
  • Compasses
  • Using Electronic Navigation Equipment

The opportunities are out there. Take the first step out on the water today!

One area of opportunity for those who hold a USCG captain’s license is in providing services for those who are grieving. In the last 35 years, cremations have sky-rocketed. According to the Cremation Association of North America, over 50% of bodies are being cremated and that number is only increasing. This is in contrast to 1975 when only 6% of bodies were cremated.

There are a number of reasons for this including cultural, but this trend could be in part due to money. It generally costs ten times less to cremate a loved one rather than conduct a burial service. Those who are drawing their wills are increasingly deciding to be cremated rather than buried to relieve their families of these costs. Instead, they are asking to be placed at sites that mean something to them. Because of this, burials at sea are on the rise.

Burials at sea generally consist of the immediate family going out in small parties and saying goodbye to those that they love. It is an important part of the grieving process to pay respects and spread the deceased at a place that they want to be. As more people choose to go this route, there will be a greater need for captains.

In order to conduct a burial at sea, it must be at least three miles from shore. This means enlisting a charter boat or someone with a captain’s license to operate the boat. As such, funeral personnel and clergy are signing up for captain’s license courses in record numbers. If you’re thinking about obtaining your captain’s license, burials at sea can be a supplementary source of income.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes the beginning of the holiday season. One of the most popular items on many people’s wish lists this holiday season is sure to be a tablet of some kind. Apple’s iPad 2 is the most popular tablet in the market today, but as the less-expensive Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet start coming out, more individuals should become tablet owners. For those out there who are seeking their captain’s license, a tablet can be an excellent tool to help you make the grade.

The Mariners Learning System is not only available on your desktop pc or laptop; it’s available on your Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod, and tablets. There are many different ways to access the internet today. Our mariners school software caters to these different methods in order to help you access and absorb our captain’s license material. At the end of the day, no matter what your situation, you should be able to learn the necessary information to pass your examination and receive your license.

Unlike the traditional classroom, you can access the Mariners Learning System any time of the day and learn the material on your own time. Since we have moved to an exclusive online school, our students have remarked on the ease and convenience of online learning. Our coursework is a combination of different pedagogical approaches including lecture audio, video, and traditional text. If you’ve always thought about getting your captain’s license but weren’t sure you had the time or means, rethink your options with Mariners Learning System.

Just as tablets and mobile devices are redefining how we look at the internet, Mariners Learning System is changing how mariners get their license.

Do you know what a keelboat is? If yes, you’re well on your way to your Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement. Can you correctly identify where a gooseneck is on a sailboat? If yes, you’re well on your way to your Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement. Have you signed up for the Mariners Learning System Sailing Endorsement course yet? If the answer is no, you still have a few knots to go.

The Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement offers one with a master captain’s license the opportunity to operate an inspected sailing vessel that carries seven or more passengers. In order for the master to qualify for a sailing endorsement, he needs to fulfill certain sea requirements as well as pass the course and subsequent examination.

The USCG requires that a Master with an Inland License have at least 180 days of sailing experience since his 15th birthday. For a Master with a Near Coastal License, the USCG requires at least 360 days of sailing experience since his 15th birthday to qualify for this endorsement; 90 of those days must be within the past three years.

If you have your six-pack captain’s license, you do not need your sailing endorsement as it works for both power and sailing vessels. However, the six passenger limit is still mandatory. If your goals are more ambitious, the Master Upgrade and Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement would be the course to take.

As with all Mariners Learning System courses, the Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement is a comprehensive pedagogical approach that will prepare you for the exam and real-life situations out in the water. In the course, you can expect to learn about the types of sailing ships, the parts of a sailing ship, the physics of sailing, the sailing rules of the road, sailing terminology, and so much more. By exam day, you will be ready to command your own sailing vessel. See you out in the water!

Whether you have your captain’s license and are operating an OUPV vessel on the water or you’re kayaking or engaging in some other water-related activity, you run the risk of getting sick. According to Discovery News, the average person had a slightly higher risk of developing a gastrointestinal condition or eye problem if he spent time in the water. The reason for this most likely lies in the microorganisms and pollution that reside in the water.

In a University of Illinois study, over eleven thousand participants were asked to conduct different activities. One third were asked to engage in boating activities on the Chicago River, a river with wastewater where swimming is prohibited; another third were asked to conduct boating activities in Lake Michigan, a clean lake where swimming is allowed; finally, the last third were asked to only take part in land-based activities and stay away from the water. The idea of the study was to see whether or not polluted waters would affect those who boat.

The Clean Water Act allows boating on waters that are deemed unfit for swimming. The thought is that there isn’t as much risk of being affected because you’re on a boat. With swimming, you obviously have more contact with the contaminated water and could be affected greater. However, the results of the study indicate that even a splash could result in sickness.

Both of the water-based groups saw a slightly higher risk of gastrointestinal and eye issues than the final third. The two water groups were about the same, and researchers speculate that this is because boaters in the cleaner waters were more likely to submerge themselves in the water, subjecting themselves to more microorganisms.  The risk of both was about one percent.

While these results aren’t shocking or life-threatening, they do indicate that the effects of polluted waters extend past swimming. There are precautions that can be taken including investigation through beach monitoring programs and other means. If you are aware of the risks of boating in polluted waters and take the proper precautions, it should be smooth sailing the next time you go out in the water.

Travel in the water is not the same as it is on the road. For example, you don’t have potholes or bumper- to-bumper traffic in the open water. The terms are not the same either. If you’re going for your captain’s license, you will probably know what a knot and nautical mile are, but it’s still important to review and know the history behind the terms to have a more complete understanding of navigating the waters.

A nautical mile is defined as the unit of length that is about one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian. The agreed upon length of a nautical mile is 1852 meters or 6076 feet. This differs from a terrestrial mile, which is 5280 feet. The defined nautical mile is accepted by both the International Hydrographic Organization and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.

The nautical mile was defined in Monaco at the First International Extraordinary Hydrographic Organization in 1929. The move was an attempt to have a uniform definition as countries had definitions of their own. The nautical mile is used by a variety of people, departments, businesses and organizations, including those concerned with navigation, exploration, and diplomacy. This is due in part on how well the nautical mile lends itself to nautical charts. It is easy to measure nautical miles, which helps in navigation.

A knot is the unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour. Therefore, if you’re going ten knots an hour, you will have traveled ten nautical miles in one hour or just a little oven eleven terrestrial miles. The knot is used in many different industries including meteorology for checking storms and patterns and navigation through the air and water.

The term is derived from the old chip log measuring system. Up until the 1800s, the speed of ships was measured using a chip log. Knots would be placed along a line at roughly 47 feet, and as they passed through a sailor’s hands, they would be counted and timed with a 28 second hourglass.  If you are going for your captain’s license, you should know these terms and others. Learn more about Mariners Learning System today.

Last month, we discussed some of the best books out there to make you want to get your captain’s license and become a charter boat captain. They were tales of wild sea adventures, fishing, and naval battles that highlighted the human spirit and man’s connection with the water. Plus, they were very entertaining.  This month, we are going to discuss some of the best movies out there if you want to experience life in the water.

Captains Courageous (1937)

Based on the Kipling novel, this movie is one of Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney’s best. It is the story of Harvey Cheyne and his struggle to figure out how to best live life. Harvey is an arrogant, rich kid with not too many friends. His mostly absentee father brings him along on a trans-Atlantic steam trip to cheer him up, but Harvey falls over. He is picked up by a fishing schooner but is unable to convince the captain that he is wealthy. Instead, he is offered an entry level job on the crew and a new chance to look at life. He finds a father figure in Tracy and a friend in Rooney and learns about the virtues of life at sea. It is an emotional ride with a climatic ending.

The Guardian (2006)

If you ever wondered about the dangers and situations our brave men and women from the Coast Guard face, this is a must-watch. The story follows members of the USCG’s Aviation Survival Technician program, an elite group of rescue swimmers who face dangerous challenges to save those at sea. It chronicles the relationship between a record holder rescue swimmer in Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) and the new hot shot (Ashton Kutcher). The movie is incredibly exciting and packs some nerve-wrecking scenes. It will give you an appreciation of what USCG rescue swimmers do and the bravery they exemplify as they go into the water.

Jaws (1975)

Okay, you may not want to go out into the water or get your captain’s license directly after watching this but it is a fantastic movie and it is Halloween. We all know the story. Roy Scheider as Brody is called to investigate shark attacks in the normally quiet Amity Island beach. With the help of Hooper and Quint (Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw), they go on the hunt for the shark. From the eerie John Williams theme to Quint’s USS Indianapolis monologue, this is one of the best thrillers out there and must be experienced. Although try to do it from the safety of your home.

If you want to be a captain, you are in luck. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there should be a fifteen percent growth in water vessel occupations within the next ten years. Where will the jobs be? They will most likely be within the tourism and transportation industries. As the economy and tourism recover and the government looks to create more green solutions for transportation, operators of water vessels will be in higher demand. That means those with a captain’s license or master captain’s license may be able to find work very easily in the near future.

In regard to tourism, as more and more people look to spend leisurely time out in the water, they will need a captain to lead them out. Water ferries and charter boats are a great way to sight-see and get a new perspective on an area. Charter fishing and deep sea fishing have become very popular outings as well. These opportunities can be very lucrative and don’t seem to be ending anytime soon especially with the popularity of some Discovery shows that promote the outdoors like Man vs. Wild and The Deadliest Catch. As tourism and charter fishing trips continue to grow, more charter boat captain jobs should be available.

The transportation industry is another avenue for those with a captain’s license to consider for employment. There will be new opportunities in the Hawaiian Islands as new cruise ships are planned to meet demand as well as in commercial shipping due to congestion on the railways. Moreover, ferries are seen as a low-cost green approach to handling commuter traffic and congestion. The upkeep and construction of bridges far exceed the costs of operating a ferry.

These are just some of the many opportunities available for those with a captain’s or master captain’s license.  It should be exciting to see what the future holds.

If you are thinking about a career in the water, here’s more incentive for you to run and get your captain’s license today; you can make over six figures as a charter boat captain.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for a charter boat captain was over sixty thousand dollars a year. However, those who live in high traffic areas like Florida could make over one hundred thousand dollars a year easily.

There appears to be openings as well. In 2008, there were 33,100 captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels. That number is expected to go up to 38,800 by 2018. That’s an increase of over fifteen percent. If you want to take advantage of this emerging trend, you’ll need to take the proper steps and coursework to make sure you’re qualified to captain a vessel in the water.

The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with a record of your sea experience. Depending on the license, you will need to have a certain amount of days out on sea in order to qualify. For example, the OUPV captain’s license requires that you have 360 days of sea time. If you do not have the experience, you do have time. The USCG gives you one year to finish your sea service time after you complete the proper coursework.

Along with coursework like those you’ll find with the USCG-approved Mariners Learning System, you will need to pass your physical examination and a drug test conducted by the Department of Transportation. You will also have your fingerprints submitted to the FBI to make sure you have not committed a DUI or drug-related offense within five years. Finally, you will need a TWIC card, which is your ticket to captaining a boat besides the license. Anyone with an OUPV captain’s license needs one.

If you have any questions about the process for a USCG captain’s license, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Each day, many people rely on a ferry service to get to their jobs and homes. For example, the Staten Island Ferry transports over twenty million people from Staten Island to New York City each year. In some water dense areas like Venice or Canada, ferries make many stops and are sometimes called water taxis. Ferries are popular connectors because they are much cheaper to create and maintain than bridges and tunnels.

This is not the only service a ferry offers, however. Some people and companies utilize the ferry to ship automobiles and heavy equipment overseas. The Washington State Ferries will transport over ten million vehicles this year. There are ferry services all around the world, and they are an important of our transportation and economic infrastructure.

Because ferries are so important, it crucial for operators to employ captains who know what they are doing. The requirements to apply for most ferry captain positions are usually high and certainly involve a reasonable amount of licensing and experience. You will at least need your captain’s license to apply but a masters captain’s license is more likely to be the standard for larger ferries that transport millions of people and vehicles per year. These positions are the most prestigious and provide the best wages.

If you want to be a ferry captain, you can find the licensing and experience you need with the Mariners Learning System. Our USCG-approved courses are the best way to learn the necessary procedures and operations to be a successful captain. Our students enjoy a passing rate of over 98% and go on to do great things out on the water. From our Six Pack Captain’s License courses to the Master Captain’s online courses, you will have all that you need to find success on the water.