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Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is the only Captain's License training facility that operates full time in Rhode Island.

At Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, our instructors are seasoned professional mariners with vast experience on all types of vessels. Each instructor makes sure that class time consists of lecture, video, and hands on training such as marlinspike skills and navigation practice to ensure that mariners with different learning styles easily absorb the necessary material.

In order to become an excellent captain, you not only need plenty of experience on the water, but also an accomplished instructor for your course. Our staff and instructors will be with you every step of the way making sure that you get the most out of the course and are on a path toward success!


What course is right for you?

Confident Captain/Ocean Pros offers a full complement of USCG-certified courses as well as a wide range of RYA classroom and online courses. The best way to choose a class is to decide if you are looking to use your certification professionally or recreationally. If you are interested in getting your Captain's license or professional Yachtmaster certification, read through the prerequisite requirements for each course and then calculate your sea time to determine which course you are eligible to take. If you decide that you would like to use your license professionally, you should consider what types of boats you would like to work on; the tonnage of the boats on which you have seatime and specifically you will need to decide if you want a license that will allow you to captain United States or foreign-flagged vessels.

For those interested in working on US-flagged vessels, the United States Coast Guard courses will meet your needs. If you have 360 days on the water (90 in the past three years) then you may be eligible to get your OUPV or Master 25/50/100GT Captain’s License. This course will teach you the rules of the road, basic navigation, deck safety and much more. Please read about the OUPV (Six-Pack), Master 100GT, and Able Seaman. If you are new to the industry and do not have 360 days on the water (90 in the past three years) you are not yet eligible to get your Captain’s License. Our recommendation is that you take STCW-10 Basic Safety training to learn skills such as basic firefighting and personal survival techniques to enable you to begin your career with knowledge about how to prevent accidents what to do in the case of an emergency. Please read about our STCW-10 course. For those interested in being able to captain foreign-flagged vessels up to 200GT, please read more about the Yachtmaster requirements. If you are an accomplished sailor and have captained vessels during several long and overnight passages then you may be a candidate for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Certification Course.

Upon successful completion of these courses, the student will graduate with a professional certification.

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