Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV or 6-Pack) $845.00


QUALMI-340: Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV or 6-Pack) 


Course Description:

This course provides training to mariners seeking their US Coast Guard Operators License as Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) or also called the 6 Pack license upon Great Lakes, Inland and/or Near Coastal waters as specified in 46 CFR Part 11. It satisfies the classroom instruction and examination requirements listed in 46 CFR 11.910, Table 11.910-2 in lieu of taking the examinations at a US Coast Guard Regional Examination Center (REC). The OUPV course is principally intended for candidates for licensing as Operators of Uninspected Passenger Vessels. Ideally, students attending this course should have completed a minimum period of one year underway on vessels with ninety days of that experience acquired during the three years previous to enrollment, and preferably have gained some experience of watch standing on the relevant waters. This course will also be of value to others operating vessels on the water who may not be seeking U.S. Coast Guard licenses, or whose experience is not up to the minimum requirements established under ideal conditions. Because of this, entry standards can be adjusted to suit the particular circumstances. In most cases, the students for each course will normally have backgrounds that meet or exceed the ideal entry standards stated above.

The OUPV course is divided into three sections covering the following topics:

Rules of the Road

General – Covers the basic rules, definitions and fog signals for both International and Inland Rules. Lights and Shapes – covers all of the possible lighting configurations as well as the day shapes required to be displayed on certain vessels. Steering and Sailing Rules and miscellaneous topics – this module covers the rules concerning meeting, crossing and overtaking situations and the sound signals associated with each as well as vessel hierarchy and penalty provisions associated with violations of the Rules.

Basic Navigation

Working with time – Speed, Time & Distance – Chart Interpretation – Navigation Publications and Notice to Mariners – Aids to Navigation – Magnetic Compass Errors and Corrections – Determining Magnetic Compass Deviation – Obtaining and Plotting Visual Bearings – Dead Reckoning – Set and Drift of the Current – Course to Steer and Leeway – Fixing Vessel Position – Visual and Electronic – Calculating Tide and Currents – Practical Plotting Exercises.

General Subjects For Deck Seamanship and Safety

Characteristics of Weather Systems – Fire Prevention and Control – Lifesaving appliances and survival – National Maritime Law and Regulations Including Pollution Prevention Regulations – Basic Seamanship – Ship/Vessel Maneuvering and Handling – Onboard Emergency Procedures – Marine Radiotelephone Communications.

Examinations: Four examinations are administered on  a scheduled date, usually the day after the end of the course. The examinations are similar in format and content to the examinations given at the US Coast Guard Regional Examination Centers (RECs) and are accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard in lieu of their exams. The four exams, number of questions and minimum passing score are as follows:

  • Rules of the Road 30 questions, 90% minimum passing score
  • Navigation Plot 10 questions, 70%minimum passing score
  • Navigation General Topics 20 questions, 70% minimum passing score
  • Deck General/Safety 50 questions, 70% minimum passing score
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