River School (The)


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The River School educates on the benefits of limited geographic licensing for boat captains. Current towing license structure has two major "paths" leading to either a full route (Western Rivers) for line haul operations, or a limited route (defined by river mile marker numbers up to 100 miles, with not more than three segments) for harbor/fleeting work.

Net effect is that Master (Limited) requires either 2.5x or 3x the service (depending upon the path chosen) compared to pre-2001. Master (limited) requires 1.5 the service time undergoing on board training as Mate/Pilot for Western Rivers.

Recognizing that repetition and experience on a relative short route should count, Coast Guard Eighth District policy -- which is not national policy -- allows some compression of service time for limited "geographic" area towing licenses but requires additional documentation and further limits the limited route to either 25 or 50 river miles.

Please learn more here or contact IRPT Member.

River School (The)
William “Bill” Kline
44 North Second Street #602
Memphis, TN 38103
(314) 570-4675