Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime
Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime. Owned and operated by Dennis and Pat Degner since 2006. We have been hosted by Southwestern Oregon Community College, in Coos Bay, Oregon since 2020.

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime. Originally in Portland, Oregon. Now at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

Our mission is to help you to get a USCG deck license. In other words, we provide USCG approved classes for Master, Mate, and OUPV. And likewise, we have AB, Tankerman, and Radar classes too.

About the school

Location (SWOCC campus in Coos Bay)

2410 Newmark, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
Beginning January 2022, we will be in our new building located at 2140 Newmark, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. Across the street from Walmart.

ColPac Maritime, is located on the SWOCC campus. 2140 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. One block east of our old location in the Newmark Center. And, across the street from the Walmart Supercenter.

Contact Us

Phone: 503-841-6066.


Mailing address: PO Box 360, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420.

Classroom Hours

Class hours are from 7:30 AM to close, 7-days a week. That is to say, there is no weekend down time. But The school is closed for some vacation and holiday time.

View the school schedule >>

Registration (Call Pat at 503-841-6066)

ColPac Maritime USCG approved courses
Pat Degner is the owner, and both business and officer manager.
Call Pat at 503-841-6066 to make a reservation.

To reserve space in a class call Pat at (503) 841-6066. Firstly, this requires paying a $200 non-refundable deposit. And then, the balance is due one week before the first day of the course.

Refund or Reschedule

Firstly, cancelations made up to 24-hours before the class start time will receive a full refund. Minus the $200 deposit.

But, there is no charge to reschedule to another class within 90-days. In addition, when it is not possible to reschedule within 90-days, we will issue a full credit, good for one-year.



We offer a 10% discount to: veterans, active duty military, and law enforcement. Let Pat know that you qualify when you call. And then, use your veterans, or law enforcement ID, when you show-up for the course.

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime: USCG Approved Courses

USCG Approved Courses
Dennis Degner (right) has 40-years of commercial sailing experience, and has been teaching USCG approved courses since 1992.

Approved classes, mean no Coast Guard exams. To clarify, ColPac Maritime classes are USCG approved for passing the exams! Here is a short list of our approved classes. Click here to view a printable approved class list >>

OUPV, 6-pack captain class >>

The OUPV, or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel. This captain license is limited to six-passengers. And can be used inland, OR oceans.

Cannot decide between the OUPV and Master? Check out this article. Which license is best for you, the OUPV or Master? >>

Need some help getting started? Check out this article. How to get an OUPV 6-pack Captain license >>

Master 100-ton and 200-ton captain class >>

The Master may carry more than six passengers inland, OR oceans. This course includes Mate. And the 25 and 50-ton limits as well.

Able Seaman (AB) class >>

The AB is for experienced sailors. In contrast, the OS is for entry level.

Cannot decide between AB or OS? Check out this article. Which rating is best for you, the AB and OS? >>

Tankerman-PIC Class >>

This Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids class will satisfy the exam requirements for Tankerman-PIC, Tankerman-Assistance, or Tankerman-Engineer.

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of towing class >>

The Apprentice Mate is the first step from deck to the wheelhouse on a tugboat. Get this license as soon as you have 360-days experience on towing vessels. Here is an article that explains how to become a tugboat captain in easy-to-understand terms. Tugboat Captain Made Easy >>

Radar and ARPA classes >>

Towing vessels, and inspected vessels over 300 GRT, require the captain and mates to have radar training. But, other captains will benefit from this training too.

Captain Upgrade classes >>

Upgrade a captain license without retaking the full course again. In short, we offer a full range of upgrade courses. Including OUPV to Master, 100 to 200-ton, Inland to Near Coastal, and Celestial Navigation.

Renewal classes >>

Additionally, we also offer renewal courses for OUPV, Master, Mate, and Radar too.

Merchant Mariner Credential

MMC Credential
Take an approved, in person class, to pass the USCG exams, and get your Merchant Mariner Credential the easy way. No Coast Guard exams after passing an approved class.

The US Coast Guard issues the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). It is a passport-style book. And it contains the mariner’s professional qualifications as endorsements. For example: Master, Mate, and OUPV are National Deck Officer Endorsements. While, the AB is a National Deck Rating Endorsement. In short, these are commonly called licenses.

The mariner must apply to a USCG Regional Exam Center (REC) for their MMC. The application includes several documents and forms. In addition, the cost is about $500 to $600. But this does not include the class, travel, or food and lodging.

Note that it is not a requirement to submit an application to the Coast Guard before taking the course.

MM-SEAS: Professional License Consulting

The USCG application can be very overwhelming. We recommend MM-SEAS for professional help. In other words: they will do all the paperwork for you.

Application Process Outlined

1. Physical Exam

The best place to start is the physical exam. Especially if you might have any medical issues. Any USA licensed doctor, doctor’s assistant, or nurse practitioner may do the physical. But they must use CG form 719K Application for a Medical Cert.

More info on getting a Medical Certificate >>

Help with CG form 719K >>

2. Sea Time

Sea Time, or service, is measured in calendar days. And, it is a record of your experience on boats. Use the Coast Guard (CG) form 719S to document your sea time.

More on sea time >>

Sea time list >>


All mariners must enroll in the TWIC program. Most important, save your receipt. And then, include it with your application.

TWIC Enrollment Center Locater >>

4. Drug Screening

Additionally, a drug screening is also required. The DOT/USCG Drug Screening form 719P is optional. But the instructions are on page 2 of this form, which also includes some options.

5. First Aid and CPR Training

For your first Master, Mate, or OUPV license you must have First Aid and CPR Training certs.

  • Firstly, the date of the class must be within one-year of the application date.
  • And secondly, the USCG accepts American Red Cross training certs without question. But, other training certs must include a Coast Guard course approval code.

We recommend Mike Will at 541-217-6579 for First Aid and CPR training.

6. Application form 719B

Application form 719B is required for all applications. Above all, if this is your first MMC, then your signature must be notarized.

Help with form 719B >>

Most important: If you answered YES to any question in Section III, Item 2 Criminal Record? Then complete form 719C Disclosure Statement.

7. Pay Fees

Go to the Pay.Gov website, and pay the USCG fees. The fees for the original issue or upgrade of an MMC is $145.

  • Firstly, the evaluation fee is $100 for the original issue of an officer endorsement.
  • Secondly, the issuance fee is $45.
  • And thirdly select “course in lieu of exams” for $0.00 (no fee) when taking an approved course.

Most important, save the receipt, and include it in the application.

8. Regional Exam Center (REC)

Lastly, scan all this to a pdf file. And then, email the file to a USCG Regional Exam Center. We recommend Portland REC, but any REC will accept your file.

Locate an REC near you >>

View email instructions >>

Note: As of July 19, 2021 Portland REC is open for in-person visits. That is to say: they will accept your application, and fee payment over the counter. And they will apply the oath and witness your signature. However, they are not excepting drop-ins at this time. You must email them for an appointment at RECPortland@USCG.MIL

Portland REC info

  • 911 NE 11th Ave, Room 637
  • Portland, Oregon 97232
  • Phone (503) 231-2296
  • Fax (503) 231-6738

In short, applying for an MMC is not an easy task. In fact, if you made it this far, you are above average. But don’t forget:

Read and follow the instructions. And then, if you have any questions, contact us. Above all, our business is helping mariners. However, selling classes is what we do to stay in business.

For license application help we highly recommend MM-SEAS >>

FAQ >>

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