The River School offers a variety of courses, both those required by Coast Guard regulations and others for individual professional development. Our courses are all transportable making them convenient and cost effective.
Our instructors are professionals with service in the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Merchant Marine and the river industry. All are highly qualified in their field and are experienced, proven training professionals.
COAST GUARD-APPROVED COURSES
This 8-hour course provides experienced Masters the training and information needed to qualify as a Designated Examiner. Steersmen who are training to become Pilot of Towing Vessels must demonstrate their proficiency in handling towboats and tows and be certified by a Designated Examiner. (Our course includes assistance in completing the application paperwork.)
Ten to fifteen day class. Students prepare by the traditional means to pass Coast Guard exams for either Upper Level or Lower Level engineer licenses.
INLAND CHART NAVIGATION
Five-day Coast Guard approved course presented as a classroom course intended to provide the student with a solid academic foundation in chart navigation for Great Lakes and Inland Waters. This course is intended for those mariners seeking a Great Lakes and Inland Waters route or to increase the scope of their license from Western Rivers or Rivers (as appropriate) to include Great Lakes and Inland Waters. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a certificate of completion which the Coast Guard will honor in lieu of required exams.
STEERSMAN (APPRENTICE MATE) OF TOWING VESSELS UPON WESTERN RIVERS
AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID/CPR/AED
This course is required to apply for an original license (Deck or Engineer). It is a hybrid course. A portion of the course is first completed online. The practical part of the course must be completed in-person. Upon completion, the student receives a wallet card and course completion certificate, a copy of which must be included in the student’s application package for an original license.