Get Your Captain's License!

Many boaters will come to me with the question, "Should I get my captain's license?"  Of course I do!  That's part of my job.  Seriously, my next question is, "What are you doing that makes you think you will need a captain's license?

Most of the responses I get are that the individual wants to make some extra money by taking folks out fishing or for a boat ride.  In other words, hiring out your boat and your services.  The answer is very easy.  YES, you need a Captain's License for that venture.  If you are sharing the expenses equally among you and your riders; no.  But as soon as you divide the expense among the riders without counting your portion of expenses or one of your riders wants to "leave a little extra" you are in violation of United States Code of Federal Regulations.  This makes you subject to some nasty fines.

The next question I get asked is, "Do I need to go to a Captain's School to get my license?" 

That depends.  How are your math skills; particularly basic algebra and geometry?  How are your study skills?  Are you disciplined enough to stay focused and to task for 10 hours or more each day?  Do you have all the required course materials and supplemental texts to pass all four mods?  Tell me about your charting experience?"

I usually see shoulders droop, lips bend downward, and the fire leave the eyes.  Then I ask, "Do you get the idea of what we do at "Captain's School?"  Do you understand why our success rate is so high?  It is kind of like hiring a professional African Big Game guide to take you fishing.  He may be an expert in his area, but he knows nothing about fishing.  That is what I am here for.  I am the expert in the area of education methods that will take you to your captain's license in 10 days versus months and months of study.  I am an intructor with US Captain's Training, a leader in maritime education.  The course is USCG approved.  The instructors are USCG approved.  I am there to help you attain your license.  US Captain's Training instructors stay with you until you have the license in hand.

So why would you want to attend Captain's School at Captain Joe's On Board Academy?  I can give you 10 reasons:
1.  Small classes (max. of six) to ensure your success.
2.  Course development and materials through US Captain's Training.
3.  Experienced classroom instructor familiar with education techniques and strategies to improve your learning.
4.  Learn by doing techniques.
5.  Stay with you until you have your license in hand.
6.  Learning materials directed to your class.
7.  Patient, understanding instructor who brings materials to your level.
8.  Insturctor who lives near and works the same waters as you.
9.  On the water experiences in both sail and power from 9 ft to 95 ft, outboards to twins.
10. USCG approved class and instructor/examiner (no trips to Toledo).

What next? Make the decision that you are going to move forward and get your license.  Next log onto and click on the link to US Captain's Training.  There Sue will lead you through the process to register for Captain Joe's class.  It is that simple.  In a matter of weeks you could be on the water earning money for what you do best whether it be taking guests fishing, sailing or just for a boat ride.  You could even be offering your services to boaters when they are in need of a tow. It all starts by going to Captain Joe's On Board Academy website.  Click out of this blog and get to the website so I can see you in the next class.  You've got the helm!