In order to qualify you must be: An APPrentice, veteran or dependent of a fallen hero.


  • Establishing on the water nautical hours to become eligible for the OUPV course

  • Become eligible to earn an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel License

  • Log 360 days on the water (90 spent past the demarcation )

  • Take up to 6 paying customers a maximum of 100 miles off shore

  • Create your income

  • Transition into civilian work environment

  • Or once you complete the certification process, choose to become a trainer with TIDAL FLOW



The world of business changes fast and can be difficult, or unpleasant when cubicles are involved, however, a career on the ocean will position you to excel both on the water and on-shore. Your career at sea will begin with funded learning and specialist training, both at sea and on-shore. You will have the opportunity to develop watercraft practical and technical skills. Such training equips you with the confidence to lead a team, take charge and enjoy living life to the full. On the waves, is measured in moments of wonder — not days.  



Must be willing to learn sea and nautical terminology as well as techniques

Must be willing to spend long hours out on the water

Must be willing to try unconventional methods due to the nature of own or others disabilities.



Responsibilities to be Learned as Apprentice Captains

Apprentice Captains are expected to operate the vessels of the TIDAL FLOW Project to the highest standards of vessel and passenger safety, in full compliance with all Federal, State and Local regulations as well as all Company policies. 

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of operation and safety procedures including, but not limited to, general boat operation, proper handling of the lines when leaving and returning to the dock, man overboard, emergency preparedness, and fire containment. Know boat systems, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc.

  • Follow security policies as directed by the US Coast Guard and Office of Homeland Security. Observe and report any breaches in Homeland Security to the General Manager.

  • Thorough knowledge of services and options the TIDAL FLOW has available to its passengers including, but not limited to, pricing and schedules, or where to get the information.

  • Complete all tasks described on the relevant check list in a thorough and timely manner.

  • Maintain an accurate ship’s log book and radio log.

  • Provide an entertaining narration on lunch and dinner cruises.

  • Responsible for upholding TIDAL FLOW charter company standards.

  • Resolve any problems with customers or employees in a professional manner maintaining TIDAL FLOW standards.

  • Maintain a clean work area, uniform and person.

  • Must have knowledge of surrounding area and attractions to effectively answer, or find answers for passengers.

  • Perform all tasks as directed by the Management Personnel, Owners, or Governing Bodies.

  • Keep confidential the business functions of the company including, but not limited to, financial status, passenger information, and employee issues.

  • Treat all people in a positive manner with dignity and respect.

  • Carry out all duties in a safe manner.

  • Properly handle all accidents and medical emergencies as policy dictates with safety as the first concern.

  • The captain is responsible for the safety and operational performance of all crew members during vessel mooring and emergencies.

  • Take responsibility for overall appearance and operation of the vessels. Report any short comings to management.