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Explorer’s Guide’s Maritime Training is bringing its Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) course to the Northwoods
By: Explorer's Guide LLC
The U.S. Department of Labor projects a faster than average growth rate in water transportation occupations. Captains working as operators of tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, offshore supply vessels, and excursion vessels can expect job opportunities to rise by 16-17% through 2016. Furthermore, the Department of Labor reports earnings are expected to be higher than most other occupations with similar educational requirements for entry-level positions.
Captains are in overall command of the operation of a vessel, and they supervise the work of all other crew. A U.S. Coast Guard OUPV license (often referred to as a “6-Pack” license) is required for these positions. Sailing instructors, dive boat operators, fishing charter captains, tour boat operators, and water taxi operators are also occupations that require a Captain’s license. The license allows the holder to carry up to 6 paying passengers in a power-driven vessel on U.S. federal navigable waters.
Course instructor for the Rhinelander class is Explorer’s Guide founder and lead instructor, Captain Gary Kulibert. He worked closely with the USCG to develop the curriculum for the OUPV course, which has been approved by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center. The course framework focuses on the practical knowledge a mariner would need to confidently operate as a Captain of a vessel. “Teaching methods were developed to optimize learning and minimize stress,” Kulibert says. “Students enjoy the classes more, retain more, and come out the other end as true Captains, not just as boaters who passed a test.”
Kulibert and his team of hand-picked instructors have conducted maritime training in classrooms from Chattanooga to Valdez, on topics ranging from radar to tidal currents to watchkeeping.
Captain Kulibert is a long-time resident of the Northwoods and understands the challenges boaters face when searching for local maritime training. He had to travel to Manitowoc for his Captain’s training. His company was also the first maritime school in the nation to offer the Captain’s classes online. “We’ve seen a tremendous response to our online courses,” he states. “Online learning puts training within reach of boaters who live in rural or remote areas. It opens up a wide array of career opportunities for boaters that would otherwise not be available to them.”
However, the boaters attracted to the high standards of instruction provided by Explorer’s Guide’s Maritime Training are those who are looking for more than a mere license. They are boaters who want to who want to build their expertise in safe and responsible boating practices, freshen their understanding of maritime law, and be strong, smart masters of their vessels. They include a diversity of yachtsmen, retired military personnel, sea-faring adventurers, professional fire fighters, and other recreational boaters yearning to earn the title of Captain.
Explorer’s Guide Maritime Training will conduct the 56-hour OUPV course in Rhinelander, Wisconsin during two consecutive long weekends. The class begins Thursday, September 11, 2008 and runs from 5:30pm - 9:30pm, continues Friday through Sunday from 8:00am – 5:30pm, concluding on Sunday afternoon, September 21, 2008. The cost is $695 per participant. Future classes will be held in Sturgeon Bay, the Madison area, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Green Bay.
For additional information about the Rhinelander OUPV course or the company’s maritime training programs, contact Toni Wanta at 800-487-6029 or via email at toni@explorers-
Contact: Toni Wanta
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