Pathfinder Maritime Training

Maritime licensing simplified

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Formerly Explorer’s Guide Online

We’ve changed our name to Pathfinder Maritime Training!

Since launching Explorer’s Guide Online in 2018, we’ve always focused on online courses. As we continue to grow, we’re excited to begin offering in-person and blended trainings. With these additional offerings, keeping “Online” in our name didn’t make much sense.

Professional Expertise

Owned and operated by a Coast Guard cutterman, our trainers have decades of  sailing & navigation experience

Unbeatable Support

National Maritime Center approved instructors are standing by & are ready to help you meet your goals

On Demand Learning

Self-paced, online courses allow you to learn at your leisure, wherever & whenever you want.

Our Courses

Our captain’s licensing courses were developed by a former Coast Guard Commanding Officer and a maritime training expert who have spent years training international and domestic crews. Integrating real-world sailing, Search & Rescue, and navigation experience, we provide you with the knowledge and skills to operate safely on the water.

Our online courses meet the highest standards and are approved by the Coast Guard & National Maritime Center for captain’s licensing.

OUPV (Six Pack) – Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal

Auxiliary Sail Endorsement

OUPV Upgrade to 200 Ton Mate

OUPV Upgrade to 100 Ton Master

Assistance Towing

Master Increase in Scope to Near Coastal

The Captain’s Log

Which Captain’s License is Right for You?

One of the most common questions we are asked is “What is the difference between an OUPV and Master license, and which one should I earn?” Our first answer is always “It depends.” It depends on what you will use the license for, and it depends on your sea service. The...

Do I Need a Captain’s License?

Summary: Who needs a Captain’s license? Anyone carrying passengers-for-hire on federal waters. If you are receiving direct or indirect compensation from your passengers you are required to hold a Captain’s license. Voluntary compensation, such as splitting fuel costs...

Do Navigation Rules of the Road (ROTR) Apply to Me?

Summary: ROTR applies to all vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction, whether recreational or commercial, operating on the high seas or U.S. navigable water connected to them. If you are a commercial mariner, you must maintain proficiency in ROTR via NMC credentialing....

What are Navigation Rules of the Road (ROTR)?

Navigation Rules of the Road, often referred to as a ROTR or COLREGS, can best be described as the traffic laws of the sea – like how cars have traffic laws. These rules help mariners navigate safely by defining light and sound signals required of vessels, actions for...

Welcome Aboard, Captain Colleen!

Pathfinder Maritime Training (PMT) is excited to announce that Capt. Colleen Wilson has joined the PMT crew as an instructor! Colleen is a former Coastie who brings over a decade of on the water and instruction experience to the team. One of Colleen’s favorite Coast...

Maritime Safety & Security Team Enrolls in PMT’s Captain’s Course

July 2022 – Recently, 22 members of Coast Guard Miami’s Safety and Security Team (MSST) recently enrolled in Pathfinder Maritime’s (PMT) captain’s licensing course and are on track to earn their commercial licenses. The training course was sponsored by the Coast Guard...

The Pathfinder Difference

Online courses designed with you in mind provide an unmatched learning experience.


  • Learning Software: Online, e-learning software provides an intuitive, user-friendly experience. Mobile responsive content lets you complete courses anytime, anywhere
  • Unbeatable Support: From start to finish, we’re committed to your success and will provide all necessary support to help you earn your captain’s license
  • Global Experience: From the Great Lakes to the Bering Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond, our instructors have sailed throughout the world. Regardless of your homeport or destination, we are prepared to assist you

Making a Positive Impact

A registered Public Benefit corporation, Pathfinder Maritime Training is committed to preserving our waterways and creating a safe maritime community. As such, we’re committed to giving back a portion of time, talents, and resources to championing these causes.

Hundreds of Satisfied Captains

“Everyone I have talked to has been very polite and professional. I recommend this school to the people I work with. I have been an operator of tugboats for over 30 years and found this class an eye opener.”

Capt. Luther. Sheboygan, WI

“This is program is top notch. I looked at a handful of other programs but this one was by far the best. The lessons were extremely helpful and easy to navigate. By the time I was finished, the test questions were second nature!”

Capt. Clay. Charleston, SC

“I can’t thank you enough for how enjoyable you made the experience of getting my license.  I was really nervous about the tests, but with all of reviews that you put in the program, they really turned out to be a non-issue.”

Capt. Gert. Appleton, WI

“With our ship’s busy schedule, the online courses were exactly what the crew needed. The Explorer’s Guide team answered all our questions & made the process easy. We all passed the exams first try!”

Capt. Rob. Ft. Myers, FL