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There is a lot of confusion on the time that is actually required for getting your Captain's License... Here are the facts:

You are required to have a total of 360 days experience on board a boat since you were 15 years old. 90 of those days need to be in the last three years. As little as 4 hours on a boat can be considered one day. And in one 24 hour period you can claim just one day of sea service time. If you own the boat yourself you sign off your own time. If your time was spent on friends or families boats they can sign the time off for you. Your time does not need to be signed off by a licensed Captain and in fact you do not even need to be operating the boat yourself for this time to count.

This is basically an honor system which the Coast Guard will accept your best guess... You are not required to submit log books. If you choose to use one of our courses Mariners School will provide you with a Sea Service form and guidance on how to properly fill it out. This is basically a form that looks like a calendar... In each month there are 5 slots... Each of these slots represent a month of your choice... You simply make a best guess as to how many days you were out on a boat for a particular month... Once the total of days is greater than 360 you have now met the Coast Guards time requirement for getting your Captain's License.

For those of you looking to get your license there is more information in the Mariners School Product Support forum on this site...

This post edited by MarinersSchool 11:04 AM 12/28/2007
 

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Not true...

As few as 4 hours on a boat that is underway can be counted as one day... But the boat may not be at anchor, on a mooring ball, attached to land by a line, or docked...

I would think long and hard about attending any school giving you that advice...
 

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To renew you need 360 days on the water since your license was issued. If you do not have the time you can take our online refresher course which the Coast Guard will accept in lieu of the time on the water.

You need to pass a physical and if you are not enrolled in a random drug testing program you will need to take another drug test.

If you were not electronically fingerprinted by the Coast Guard you will need to be fingerprinted once again. This is a semi new Homeland Security requirement.

To renew your license you are not required to have a valid CPR/First Aid card.

You can download the necessary paperwork from my website www.MarinersSchool.com and that is the process in a nut shell...
 

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MarinersSchool wrote:
To renew your license you are not required to have a valid CPR/First Aid card.
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Bob,
Is there a typo in there. I know you need both the CPR and 1st aid cards to get an original license.
 

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Anyone out on the water (or actually - just anyone who has any contact with people they love:) should be certified in CPR and first aid. It is easy, interesting and inexpensive. Just think how you would feel if a loved one needed help and having taken the course may have made a difference.
Live courses are best, but the online courses are good enough. They cost about $20-30 and take less than an hour - and are good for 2 years. (The live course are more expensive. I just took the advanced course - cost $75 and was 8 hours)
 

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No typo... On a Original License Renewal the Coast Guard does not require you to have a current CPR/First Aid card...

I also agree being certified is the smart way to go... However, as far as the Coast Guard is concerned to renew a current OUPV/Master license you are not required to be certified.
 
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