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Launch Tender Package


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 2-day, hands-on course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a powerboat, improve their boat handling skills and earn a US Coast Guard License for Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels or Master of Self Propelled Vessels engaged in launch tender service upon inland waters (not more than ½ nautical mile from shore.) This course and license is designed for powerboat operators working as launch drivers at marinas, yacht clubs, waterfront centers and camps.

TOPICS COVERED: Classroom topics: Registration & legal requirements; safety equipment & procedures; safe boat operation; rules of the road & basic navigation; emergency procedures & rendering assistance; weather & the marine environment; and more! Dockside & on-the-water skills: Operations checklists; engine troubleshooting; leaving & returning to a dock or slip; slow and high speed boat handling and close-quarters maneuvering; towing; person in the water recovery; anchoring; and more!

CERTIFICATIONS GRANTED: This is a NY State, USCG and NASBLA approved course. Upon successful completion of the course, on the water skills, and four multiple choice tests, you will receive US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification, which also meets the NY State Safe Boating Certificate requirements, and a SUNY Maritime College Launch Tender certificate, which exempts you from the USCG exam when applying for a Limited Masters or Limited OUPV License. You have 12 months upon completion of the course to submit your complete application to the USCG. You do not need to complete any requirements prior to taking the course.

PRE-REQUISITE: There are no pre-requisites to take the course, but you will need to meet requirements for your USCG license application, including: Sea Time, TWIC Card, Physical exam, including eye exam; drug test.

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels

**If you do not need the USCG Launch Tender License, we recommend the Safe Powerboat Handling Course.**

AGES: 17 and up

SCHEDULE: 2-day, 16-hr course

COVID-19 Protocols in Place

In conjunction with campus regulations, approved face coverings must be worn at all times while on the SUNY Maritime College campus. Neck gaiters, bandanas and Buffs are not permitted. If you do not have an appropriate face covering, a medical grade mask will be provided. To help maintain the safety of our campus and program community, participants are asked to complete a confidential health assessment prior to attending a course, each day of the course. If you answer "yes" to any of the screening questions, please stay home and a full refund or transfer into another course will be provided. To complete this assessment, please download the Campus Clear app  and complete your assessment on the day of your program prior to your arrival on campus. 


  • LT 5: Oct 24 - 25th, 2020
    Sun and Sat from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Will run

McMurray Hall

(718) 409-2447

SUNY Maritime College - 6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465 Get directions

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