Advanced Maritime    Education
Smart, Affordable Captain's Licensing TM
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  •  Instructor-Led Classroom Course 
  •  Enjoyable 3-Weekend Format
  •  OUPV 6-Pack Course and Exam - $695
 USCG Captain's Licensing Courses
San Francisco Bay - Long Beach, CA - Redwood City, CA
Next Available Classes Begin:   OUPV "6-Pack": SF Bay January 5th / Long Beach January 26th / Redwood City February 22




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Don't miss the boat - get started today!
Which USCG Captain's License is for Me?
  • OUPV "6-Pack"
         (Recreational-Built Vessels - Power and Sail Vessels for Hire) or
  • Master 25/50/100-Ton 
         (Commercial-Built Vessels - Ferries, Commercial Fishing Boats, Dining               Cruise Vessels, Water Taxis, etc.) 
Be $mart - Know the Facts!
Click the "USCG Licenses" Tab Above
Set yourself up for success! Start with the OUPV "6-Pack" Captain's License course for Recreational Vessels spread out over three weekends: Per USCG guidelines for all schools, the OUPV '6-pack' license is the first 75% of the Master's 100-Ton license, including Rules of the Road, Chart Plotting, Navigation General, and Deck General/Safety. Additional Master's license topics include fixed firefighting systems, safety drills, and lifeboat deployment. 

You can easily upgrade later as needed to pilot commercial vessels without having to 'bite off the whole apple' of information at once. Click the "USCG Licenses" tab for detailed information.

AME Master's 100-Ton Upgrade Course coming in soon!




98% Pass Rate

  "Awesome course! Great instruction (thanks, Skipper!), ultra-convenient schedule, effective learning content, and all at a great price! AME, thanks for helping me fulfill a dream I've had for decades!"
                                                                                                                                                  - Capt.Todd I., San Francisco

"I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Our instructor did a great job teaching the course material and sharing hands-on knowledge from a lifetime in the industry that one would never find in a book. The weekend class setup in Long Beach was perfect for my busy weekday schedule. Thanks for making this such a fun and rewarding step toward my new career!"
                                                                                                                                                - Capt. Cheryl A., Los Angeles

"I am happy to report that I just received my license! Can't thank you enough, I couldn't have done it without you! I really appreciate the way the class is designed and the instructor's personal touch of teaching."                    
                                                                                                                                                           - Capt. Len A., Alameda

"The fun and easy-to-learn format gave me plenty of time to negotiate my life, work, and studying. I loved the enthusiastic style paired with real-world knowledge and working examples of the information presented."           
                                                                                                                                  - Capt. Nico C., Oakland

"One of the most genuine, knowledgeable, and friendly instructors of any course I have ever taken."
​                                                                                                                                                      - Capt. Dan A., Lake Tahoe

"I have always been somewhat intimidated by the complicated jargon of the USCG Navigation Rules. Now, thanks to the unique "new school" style of instruction and the relaxed classroom environment, they are 'second nature.' Thank you, AME!"
                                                                                                                                                           - Capt. Zoe W., Seattle

"Great course, and SUPER convenient. If you have the will, this course provides the way!! I can't thank you enough - you've gotten me started on a great new career."          
                                                                                                                                               - Capt. Richard H., Sacramento
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Gift Certificates Are Available!
One-Weekend Upgrade to Master 25/50/100-Ton Course
 Coming in 2018!

"Old-School Experience with New-School Attitude"TM


Mission accomplished - thanks, AME!
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