Gary/Dale,,,Don't know specific dates but you might go to www.captainschool.com to inquire...That's the school I attended a few years ago held in Slidell and got my 6-pack certificate...If I can help further, please let me know.
Not with that alone....after you get your 6-pack certificate then you apply to the Coast Guard for your license. Also, you need a drug testing certificate, proof of insurance, etc. prior to the Coast Guard application. Then after you receive the License you can begin "chartering"...That's the "readers digest" condensed version..
Jody & Hymileage, Alright, so ya go to shool, get a certificate of completion, get insurance, get drug test then ya get 6- pack license, plus a wildife & fisheries licence. Don't you have to log hours!
Yes, but you can count the hours you've already spent on the water...most folks who take the Course have already logged enough hours to qualify...as far as experience "fishing", no,, nothing is required..you can get a charter license and never have caught a fish in your life..!!
I guess that's the price ya pay for "posting" your trips and becoming famous...Personally,I've never posted for two reasons...I like the anamominity and I don't know how to work a digital camera..LOL..Good Luck to ya
I am pretty sure if you receive any compensation for a fishing trip you must have an OUPV at the very least. Operating without a license may not be the best way to operate. Captain Terry Fitzgerald. He is a great guy and an excellent instructor. He operates his schools in Mississippi and Alabama. I upgraded my OUPV to a Master's up to 100 Ton this year. He is back up and running full steam. If nothing else you will gain plenty of knowledge in seamanship and the "rules of the road". From what I know, many of the guides that operate in around here attended his course. The courses are very reasonable. Good Luck! I am not really sure of who operates in the SW but Captain Terry may be able to direct you in the right direction if he cannot get over this way!! Good Luck!!
I know this post is old but just to clear up something on the Insurance part. You do not need it to sit and test,however before the state will issue you the State Charter license from the Dept. Of Wild Life and Fisheries you will have to show proof of a minimum of $300,000 in Liability insurance. You can have a Masters Unlimited and without the insurance your not going to be able to take people on Charter Fishing trips.