Frequently Asked Questions - On Board Academy

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Any person who has the intent to take passengers for hire (in exchange for money or goods) operating on Federal waters must have a current USCG issued mariner's document.

Technically yes. However the USCG realizes the cost of running a boat (they have a few of their own) and allows you to EQUALLY share in the expense of the boat for the day.

That means if there is you plus three of your friends on board you divide the day's expenses by four and pay equally. No they can not leave you a little extra for whatever reason.

You will need to have: 1) documented experience on the waters that you want to be licensed on; 2) proof you are drug-free; 3) in good physical condition; and 4) successfully complete a test/examination.

No. US Captain's Training streamlines the process by providing the USCG approved course and doing the testing on site. No trip to Toledo.

If you record has been clean since then, probably not. Your past life will follow you, but if you can offer an explanation that things have changed it should not hamper your application.

Navigation problems do involve math. I have taken the problems to an eighth grade math teacher and she certified that these are problems that eighth grade skills could accomplish.

Allowing a maximum of six students to each Captain's class assures that you will receive the attention you need to be successful.

Another unique characteristic of our group is that we stay with you until you have your license in hand.  We also expect you supply us with business cards so we can refer new business to you!

With plenty of open water, it would seem that all you should have to do is “point and shoot.” But the most dangerous part of your trip is the last 30 feet. Coming into dock can be extremely challenging.

Cross winds, other boats, following winds, and lets not forget people and pets on your boat that all want to get off the boat to help.

Learning safe docking maneuvers can make the trip more enjoyable at the end of the day.

At this time, you do not. The United States has left that decision up to the individual states.

Wisconsin does not require it yet. However some states and Canada do. If you are traveling, be sure to check the regulations with local DNR offices and officials.

Actually it is not the familiar license that is in your wallet or purse for a car.

It is a certificate that you have completed a “Safe Boating Course.” These are easy to do and are available from a number of sources.

These are available online through your local DNR. There is no charge for the course, but you pay a small testing/certification fee.

I'm with you – I learn better from a classroom environment and get the benefit of being with boaters.

Two of the best sources of classroom Safe Boating Course are your local Unites States Power Squadron and the local flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Axillary. Like the online courses, they are free, but you pay a small fee for classroom materials, testing, and certification. Both programs are well worth the time and money.

No all you need is your boat, a few hours of your time and the willingness to learn.

The safe boating course is a classroom/online experience. There are no waves, no winds, no currents, no tugs and tows, no 12' wide slip to try to get into with a cross wind.

You can read all the books on boating you want, but until you take the helm, it is just words.

No, On Board Academy does not offer classes for this.