Limited OUPV License

The U.S. Coast Guard issues the Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel license (Limited OUPV) to applicants who are to be employed as boat operators by yacht clubs, marinas, schools, or camps (an uninspected passenger vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard but the inspection is limited to items related to fire control, fuel vapor ventilation, lifesaving equipment, and life jackets). The license is sometimes referred to as a Launch Operator's license, Launch Tender's license, or as a Limited Six-Pack license. The holders of the license are permitted to operate motorboats up to 100 tons displacement and carrying up to six passengers (use of the Limited OUPV license is restricted to the specific activity and locality of the employer).

To get this license, applicants must be 17 or older and have at least 90 days of boat operating experience (for at least fours a day) within the last three years starting with their 15th birthday. They need to pass a limited exam appropriate for the activity to be conducted and the route authorized. The Arctic Scout education program can be structured to provide the 90 days of operating experience and the study preparation for the exam. Also, within five years of the date of application, applicants are required to complete the type of course necessary for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. Courses for the Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate are offered by organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadrons, the Red Cross, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection throughout the state. If the applicant will use the license in an area where medical services cannot be obtained within a reasonable time, First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificates would also be required. The Arctic Scout education program will coordinate attendance in the short courses required for the Safe Boating, First Aid, and CPR certificates with the organizations that teach them.

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