top of page

Small Title

Become a Charter Captain with us

Whether it's becoming a better mariner or a professional charter captain,  We have you covered.

Houston Texas, Galvston Texas, OUPV License


Our course is approved by the United States Coast Guard.  We offer this unique course for the OUPV (6-Pack) Captain's License.
Successful completion of this course and submission of your completed application, and satisfactory physical examination and drug test*(See complete list of requirements for your application) will usually result in a United States Coast Guard license being issued without requiring the usual United States Coast Guard exam at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Center.

The U.S. Coast Guard calls this license Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV). The rest of the world refers to it as the "6-PACK" License.  The word "uninspected" is a technical term meaning that the equipment required, and the design of the boat, are less regulated. "6-PACK" refers to the 6 passenger limitation placed on the boat, and additionally, on the license.


in class room

Master 25-50-100 Ton

Similar to the OUPV 6 Pack, this course is an additional endorsement to the OUPV (6-Pack) course. If you do not already have your OUPV license, you will need to get the OUPV first.  You do not have to file for your OUPV license but you will have to complete that course and then go on to this course. After you have successfully completed both courses and tests, you may then apply for your Master 25, 50 or 100 GRT license.  The License is issued based on your documented sea service.


Assistance Towing
This endorsement is required if you will be engaged in towing a disabled vessel for payment. Any USCG license of 200 tons or less, including an OUPV license, may be endorsed for Assistance towing. This endorsement authorizes the holder to engage in commercial assistance towing within the scope of  their license. Towing companies such as Sea Tow or Tow Boat US could employ persons with this endorsement to operate their towing vessels.
About 3rd Coast Captains

Third Coast Captains "Capt. School"  has graduated hundreds of OUPV students in Texas.  Our teachers love boats and people.  We enjoy sharing our love of the water we take great pride in sharing what we know to make you a successful mariner. When you take our OUPV/Six Pack Course, we take you to the next level of your mariner status.

bottom of page