Saturday, March 17, 2018

Get Your Captain's License

Hurricane Update:

Well, September was not the best month for us Virgin Islanders...  Two Cat 5 hurricanes in a two week span was a little much.  The islands of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, the BVIs and our neigbors in Puerto Rico (not to mention the rest of the Caribbean) have suffered an unprecendented amount of loss of life, homes, businesses, and boats as well as the livelyhoods of an enourmous amount of people.  Our hearts go out to our many friends who have suffered losses.  Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance regarding your licnese in the coming months.  We will certainly do what we can to assist marniners in getting replacements for lost licenses or other documents, or in any way that we can help.

The Captain School office was badly damaged by water from the loss of the roof at American Yacht Harbor.  We have had to dispose most of the contents of the office.  The brand new fire training facility was also badly damaged and a good deal of fire fighting equipment has been lost. We are currnetly working to repair and replace what we can so that we will be able to offer mariners the training they will need as soon as possible (November).

Classes will be offered on a very limited schedule for the coming months.  Until there is reliable power restored and curfew ends, we can only hold classes during daytime hours.  We would ask that you plan ahead and communicate to us sooner than later as to what classes you may need in the next 6 months so that we may try to accomodate you.  Many of the classes require a lot of pre-planning, staff and logistics, so by planning well in advance for your renewal, you may be able to avoid having to go to the states to take classes.

Many folks have asked what they can do to be helpful in the wake of such a storm.  We would like to thank you all for your generousity and support. We have seen a lot of good coming from the public sector especcially in the form of local orgainizations stepping up to feed, clothe, house and support folks in need. I would especcailly point out the good work being done by My Brother's Work Shop, a local not for profit that works with at risk youth to teach job and life skills. This organization seems to be taking a lead role in the recovery on St. Thomas so if you are looking for a worthy organization to donate time or money to, I would suggest you contact My Brother's Work Shop.


USCG Approved Captain's License Program

The Captain School USVI has a proven method of instruction and has graduated over 8,000 students to date from our program allowing mariners to apply for a Captain's License or what is now called USCG Merchant Mariner's Credential.  After completing our approved courses, mariners are given the Coast Guard Exams at our facilities so no further testing by the Coast Guard is required.

The mission of The Captain School USVI is to provide a quality educational experience in the classroom through demonstrations of practical competencies at entry and operational levels. USCG approved course offerings include: OUPV, Upgrade to Master, Sailing, Towing, STCW Basic Safety Training, Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting, Bridge Resource Management, Medical Care Provider, Leadership & Management (HELM), Crowd Control, Crisis Management and Security Officer-Vessel, Company, and Port Facility, American Heart First Aid / CPR, and EFR First Aid / CPR.

We keep a low student to teacher ratio offering a better opportunity for one on one interaction with the students. The curriculum is supported by a cadre of qualified instructors approved by the US Coast Guard who bring a wealth of practical experience to the educational environment.

The Captain School was established in St.Thomas USVI in 1994, and taught its first US Coast Guard approved course in the United States in 2000 after a two year review by the Coast Guard.

Many of the students at the Captain School USVI are employed or will be employed in the thriving charter boat industry as well as the many ferrys and fishing boats that ply our waters.  

Call or email for a personal interview regarding your training and career goals in the Marine industry.

We will give you the best course to follow to realize your dreams on the oceans of the world.

The Captain's Consortium Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

The Captain School USVI also operates the only fully Coast Guard compliant drug and alcohol testing consortium in the Virgin Islands.  The Captain's Consortium will assist Marine Employers and mariners with all of their drug and alcohol testing needs.  We can provide all aspects of the DOT and CG requirements such as pre-employment testing, random testing, incident testing for both alcohol and drugs, reporting, record keeping and consulting.  We are members of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and have completed courses including Advanced Drug and Alcohol Testing Management and Certified Collector Training.

All of our testing is conducted in a professional manner by DOT certified collectors in a clean and safe facility to ensure that donors have the utmost confidence in the testing procedure.  All samples are sent to Quest Diagnostic Labs which is a national certified SAMSHA laboratory and results are read by an independent licensed Medical Review Officer (MRO).

For more information or to become a member, please contact our office at (340)775-2278


Upcoming Classes



27-31 STCW Basic Safety Training (5 Day) $1200


1-9 OUPV Captains License (Days) $800 

10-12 Upgrade To Master (Days) $300

13 Sail / Tow (8-4 / 1-5) $125 each


19-23 STCW Basic Safety Training (5 Day) $1200


9-17 OUPV Captains License (Days) $800 

19-21 Upgrade To Master (Days) $300

23 Sail / Tow (8-4 / 1-5) $125 each

(Classes will be held on a limited schedule)

Dates Subject to Change

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Training Flow Chart

Certifications Required for Crew-

Working on 6 passenger boats in the USVI

-CPR & First Aid

-Random Drug Testing Program

-add TWIC (from TSA) if entering secure port areas in US & BVI

Working on 6 Passenger Boats in the BVI

-add: STCW Basic Safety Training

Working On Vessels with more than 12 passengers in BVI

-add: STCW Crowd Managment

-add TWIC (from TSA)

Additional: Helpful but not required by Law

-STCW Crisis Management

This information is not intended to answer all questions regrading licensing- use it as a guide only- information subject to change. Call for a personal consultation 340-775-2278

Certifications Required for Captains-

Operating 6 passenger boats in the USVI

-USCG OUPV Near Coastal License

-CPR & First Aid

-Random Drug Testing Program

-FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit

-TWIC Card (

Operating 6 Passenger Boats in the BVI

-Add: Master Upgrade to 50 or 100 Gross Ton Master Near Coastal

-add: STCW Basic Safety Training

-add: BVI Boatmaster License (from BVI Shipping)

-add: STCW Endorsement on License II/3

Operating Vessels with more than 12 passengers in BVI

Same as above and

-add: STCW Crowd Managment

-add: STCW Crisis Management

-add: Vessel Security Officer

This information is not intended to answer all questions regrading licensing- use it as a guide only- information subject to change. Call for a personal consultation 340-775-2278