Master Increase in Scope to Near Coastal


  • Brand new content!
  • Self-paced online course
  • One final exam which can be taken at one of our nationwide approved testing sites and online
  • 24/7 course availability. Mobile responsive content allows you to complete course work anytime, anywhere
  • Fees include all course material and one sitting of your proctored exams


All new content as of 2023!

This course is designed for mariners who hold a Master Inland/Great Lakes credential and want to increase the scope of their credential to Near Coastal waters. In other words, completing this course will allow Inland/Great Lakes captains to operate on Near Coastal waters. This course is approved by the National Maritime Center (NMC), and its NMC course code is PATHFR-291.

Required sea service: 720 days of which 360 days are on Great lakes or Near Coastal waters.

Course Length: ~19 hours

NMC Exam Codes: Q160 (Deck General) and Q162 (Navigation General, Near Coastal). Each exam is 50 questions and has a minimum passing score of 70%.

Tuitions Includes: course access, one sitting of the final exams, and Certificate of Completion. Exams can be taken online or at one of our nationwide exam sites.

Other: If you have a colregs restriction on you credentials, you will need to take our Rules of the Road course to remove this restriction. Hint, your mariner’s credentials will call out whether or not your colrges is valid for Near Coastal waters.

Please reach out to us via email, text, or phone if you have any additional questions.


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