Courses we offer
Explorers Guide offers USCG Approved Captain's License courses.
Whether you’re looking to boat on your own, or are interested in a professional career, feel free to explore all the classes that we offer.
We provide the one-on-one social interaction with the instructor and other students. Classes are scheduled to minimize time off from work; normally a combination of evening and weekends.
Our instructors work with our students to provide a positive learning environment. We use props to help explain key points. Classrooms provide a distraction-free environment for students to focus on the topics. If needed, added mentoring can be provided.
Our goal is to leave no student behind. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!
OUPV Captains License -
Inland, Great Lakes or Near Coastal Routes
The USCG-Approved OUPV 6 Pack Captains License lets you take 6 passengers for-hire, plus crew, on your vessel. The course was designed for Captains working and boating on federal waters with passengers for hire on a power-driven boat. This includes duck hunters, tours, fishing and similar activities.
OUPV Upgrade to 100 Ton Masters Captains License Near Coastal, Inland, or Great Lakes
Time to upgrade your OUPV license to 100 Ton Masters License? Explorers Guide can help you do it. Your sea service determines both the route and tonnage for your license. The routes include Inland, Great Lakes, and Near Coastal.
The tonnage of the vessel you can operate also depends on size of the vessel you served on. Tonnage ratings include 25, 50, or 100-ton Master captains license.
OUPV to Mate 200 Ton Endorsement
Upgrade your OUPV license to a Mate 200 Ton
If you have time on a vessel over 67 gross tons, it is time to upgrade to Mate 200 Ton. It is an easy way to get your 200 Ton Master license.This course will get you a Mates Endorsement up to 200 Tons, based on your sea service and our 70 question exam.
NOTE: Based on sea service and minimum of 360 days operating with a officers credentials you can upgrade to a Masters license for the same route, based solely on sea service time.
Captains License Endorsement
This assistance towing endorsement is a added to your captains license. The Assistance Towing Endorsement is for boat Captains who would like to be tow vessel for a fee. Captains are required by the USCG to hold an Assistance Towing Endorsement on their credential to be able to assist vessels that have run aground, are disabled, or have run out of fuel.
CPR/First Aid is required to obtain a Mariner Credential. We offer online CPR/First Aid/AED certifications for $70 with USCG Course Code on the certificate. (Testing is required on site). Once registered, you will be emailed an access code and instructions for the online course. This is available ONLY to Chicagoland area students and students registered in our Merchant Mariner Classes, as testing is required in person. Course is Non-refundable, access codes are single use codes.
On-Line MROP (Marine Radio Operators Permit) Exam is required in person
You need a commercial radio operator license to operate the following:
Ship radio stations if:
the vessel carries more than six passengers for hire; or
the radio operates on medium frequencies (MF) or high frequencies (HF); or
the ship sails to foreign ports; or
the ship station transmits radiotelegraphy; or
the ship is larger than 300 gross tons and is required by law to carry a radio station for safety purposes.