USCG Limited Masters License (also known as USCG Launch Operators License)

The USCG requires all launch operators to be licensed. This 2 day class substitutes for the USCG exam and includes a Safe Boating certificate and USCG applications.

What is the Launch Operator's License?

The Launch Operator's License comes in two versions - uninspected or inspected vessels. To drive certified (inspected) launches, typical of most yacht clubs, the holder must have the "Inspected Operator's License." The renewable license allows you to work at any yacht club or marina and is good for five (5) years. The holder may operate up to 1/2 mile from shore.

What are the USCG requirements?

The primary requirements are:
  • Age 17 for uninspected launches
  • Age 18 for inspected launches
  • 120 days underway experience on like vessels (time acquired since age 16)
  • 90 of those days in the last 3 years
  • Physical, drug test, eye exam
  • CPR/First Aid class completion
  • Certificate from an approved Safe Boating Course
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC Card)

What is the Boatwise Launch Class?

The USCG has approved the BOATWISE 2 DAY LAUNCH CLASS to substitute for taking their exam. Mid afternoon of the second day of class, the Boatwise test is administered. After successfully passing the 3 section of our multiple choice exam, they receive a certificate which, with the completed application, may be submitted for either of the launch licenses (the above USCG requirements must also be met). The 1st day of class is a Safe Boating Class.

Tuition is only $295 (2 days including materials and test)

Subject Modules (1 day sessions) may be taken by themselves as standalone reviews without taking the whole curriculum at a tuition rate of $150.00 per day (includes that modules materials/text information). This applies to those people studying on their own for the USCG exam and wanted, for exmaple, to take attend the 'Rules of the Road' session.


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