It’s a fascinating journey to embark on a career as a yacht captain. It opens up a world of possibilities on the open sea, whether you dream of conducting eco-tours, or captaining a yacht, or leading charter fishing trips. But first, you must obtain a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Captain’s 6-Pack and 100-Ton License under a USA specific training route. These are necessary for achieving your maritime ambitions, and Seven Seas Preparatory Academy is providing an outline of how you can set sail on the path to maritime success with their 100 Ton Captain License Course. Captain License Course

About The Instructor

Marcus Cheesman started his Maritime training in 1987 at the early age of 13, attending the UK’s only Nautical school, Trinity House. Upon graduation form the school Marcus was selected for a deck cadet apprenticeship with P&O Cruises and continued to further progress through the ranks with companies such as Holland America, Disney Cruise Line and was even a Pilot for the Humber District with Associated British Ports. Marcus ultimately obtained his unlimited Master Mariners license in 2002.  Marcus gained further experience shoreside, responsible for Training and Marine operations for Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Disney Cruise Line. Marcus always had a passion for teaching and sharing his professional experience and so it seemed natural to start his own Maritime Training School.

About The 100 Ton License

This course applies only in the US, but the Captains license allows you to operate inspected vessels (7 passengers and more) or uninspected vessels.  There are three types of Captains licenses (OUPV, inland, and near coastal). This will depend on your sea service and size of vessel. Please refer to the NMC USCG checklists. Their course provides you with the following endorsements:
  • Master of vessels of less than 100 GRT (Near coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland or Inland Waters)
  • Operator of uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) (Near Coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland, or Inland Waters)

Course delivery

  • Online
  • 3 Days practical training and review followed by the required examinations
The USCG does not require you to get a Six-Pack license before you obtain your 25/50 or 100Ton license. If you qualify, you can take the course and examination to obtain your Captain’s license. You will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 11.201 & 11.301 by presenting your certificate within one year of course completion.

Subjects include:

  • Seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Ship handling
  • Maritime Law
  • Emergency procedures
  • Vessel construction and design
  • Training on our professional ship simulator


The 3-day course will conclude with four examinations covering, collision regulations, deck safety, deck general, navigation general and chartwork. No tests at the Coast Guard required. Note: A course certificate may be used for one application for the issuance of an endorsement and may not be used for any applications thereafter.

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