Explorer's Guide Online

Where Boaters Become Captains 

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Coast Guard Approved Online Learning

Our mission is to “train mariners to operate safely.” Leaning on years of on the water experience, we promise to provide the best training possible and help you achieve your licensing goals!

Professional Expertise

Owned and operated by a Coast Guard cutterman, our trainers have 25+ years of combined 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 EGO 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, Explorer’s Guide Online 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

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