Get your Captain's License Online

#Ever thought about getting your captain's license? Now you can, from the comfort of your own home, office, car - even your boat!

The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has teamed up with Mariners Learning System to offer RFA members a way to enhance their boating knowledge or to start a career in the marine industry. The new partnership offers a suite of six US Coast Guard-approved online captain's licensing courses, from "six pack" to master 25/50/100 ton licenses, that can be taken online from your home, office or while on the road this fall.

The Mariners Learning System incorporates broadcast quality, on-demand audio lectures, professionally produced training videos and online computer-based training. Included is access to online instructors, each a Coast Guard-licensed master who has gone through a rigorous Coast Guard approval process to become an instructor. In addition, toll-free telephone support and access to staff instructors is provided.

As a special incentive for RFA members, Mariners Learning System is also offering those who sign up online through the RFA website a 25% discount on all Coast Guard approved online courses.

"I've known Capt. Bob Figular and his staff for years and believe this is a great opportunity for many of our RFA members to do something they've always thought about," said RFA Managing Director Jim Hutchinson, Jr. "I've had dozen of friends pass through Capt. Bob's licensing courses over the years, and now that folks have the opportunity to take a course on their own schedule I'm sure I'll be addressing more of my friends as 'captain' in the coming months."

Upon completion of a course, taking a proctored exam, and meeting other requirements such as documenting sea time and passing a physical examination, RFA members simply submit, within one year, the application package to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center and upon review and approval, they will issue the license. To date the system has trained more than 15,000 students with a 98.7% exam pass rate.

"These courses are also available on MP4 players, Blackberries, iPhones, and other smart phones, so you can learn anywhere, anytime," Hutchinson said.

Click here to take advantage of 25% savings on U.S. Coast Guard approved online courses through Mariners Learning Systems and the RFA.

For more special programs available to RFA members which help support your right to fish, click on the MEMBERS page at

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