• In order to qualify you must be: A disabled veteran or dependent of a fallen service member.


  • 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 own income and become your own boss

  • Transition into civilian work environment

  • Upon completion of the the certification process, apply to become a trainer with TidalFlow


The world of business changes fast, and can be difficult to navigate when cubicles are involved. However, a career on the ocean will position you to develop both on the water, and on-shore.  Your career at sea will begin with funded learning and specialized training for both environments. You will have the opportunity to develop practical watercraft and technical skills. Such training equips you with the confidence to lead a team, take charge, and live life to the fullest.


  • Must be willing to learn nautical terminology and techniques

  • Must be willing to spend long hours on the water

  • Must be willing to practice unconventional methods due to personal or others' disabilities.


Apprentice captains are expected to operate the vessels of the Coalition Project to the highest standards of vessel, and passenger safety. Vessels and crew must be in full compliance with all Federal, State, and Local regulations as well as all TidalFlow 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 TidalFlow 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 vessel log book and radio log.

  • Provide an entertaining narration on lunch and dinner cruises.

  • Responsible for upholding TidalFlow Charter Company standards.

  • Resolve any problems with customers or employees in a professional manner maintaining TidalFlow 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.