Training helps skippers become captains

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BoatU.S. has teamed up with Mariners Learning System to offer members a way to enhance their boating knowledge or start a career in the marine industry.

The new partnership offers a suite of six Coast Guard-approved online captain's licensing courses, from "six pack" to master 25/50/100-ton licenses, that can be taken online at home or on the road and at your own pace.

The Mariner's Learning System incorporates broadcast quality, on-demand audio lectures, professionally produced training videos and online computer-based training. Included is access to online instructors, each a Coast Guard-licensed master who has gone through a rigorous Coast Guard approval process to become an instructor. In addition, toll-free telephone support and access to staff instructors is provided.

Upon completion of a course, taking a proctored exam, and meeting other requirements such as documenting sea time and passing a physical examination, BoatU.S. members simply submit, within one year, the application package to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center and upon review and approval, they will issue the license. To date the system has trained more than 15,000 students with a 98.7 percent exam pass rate.

"These courses are also available on MP4 players, Blackberries, iPhones, and other smart phones, so you can learn anywhere, anytime," said David Mann, BoatU.S. membership programs manager.

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