Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime School

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime

About Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2006. Now Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime is at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) in Coos Bay.

Above all, our business is helping mariners. So, if you have any questions give us a call, or send an email. We are always happy to help. However, selling classes is what we do to stay in business. In other words, we provide USCG approved classes for Master, Mate, and OUPV. And likewise, we have classes for AB, Tankerman, Radar and ARPA too. To explain, USCG approved means no Coast Guard exams after completing the approved class.

About the ColPac Maritime people >>

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime Contact Info

ColPac Maritime, is located on the SWOCC campus in Coos Bay on the south Oregon coast. The physical address is 2140 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. In short, we are at the east end of the parking lot at the main entrance to the SWOCC campus directly across from the Walmart Supercenter.

Phone: 503-841-6066.


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

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime Class Info

All classes are held at the Columbia Pacific Maritime building on the SWOCC campus in Coos Bay, Oregon. Likewise, we do not offer online classes, or classes at remote locations. In sum, we are very good at what we do and there is no compromise for the best.

Classroom and school hours

Hours are from 7:30 AM to close (about 4:30 PM), 7-days a week. That is to say, there is no weekend down time. But we do take some vacation and holiday time throughout the year.

Dates ColPac will be closed

How to Register for a class

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.

As long as there is space available, we will not turn away walk-ins. However, calling and paying the deposit will guarantee your spot in the class. Additionally, it also ensures that we have enough materials printed for the class.

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.

NO SHOW – NO CALL – NO REFUND! So, communication is key. Give us a call and let us know what is going on. You will find us easy to work with.

Vet and Active-duty Discounts

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

Columbia Pacific (ColPac) Maritime: Approved Classes

Approved classes, means no Coast Guard exams. To clarify, ColPac Maritime classes are approved in place of taking the exams at the Coast Guard! We offer several different classes for deck licenses. View the short list of approved classes >>

Firstly, Captain License Classes

ColPac offers a full selection of captain license classes for OUPV, 6-pack, Master and Mate 100 and 200-ton, and Towing vessels.

OUPV, 6-pack captain

The OUPV captain is limited to six-passengers. Therefore, it is nicknamed the 6-pack captain. This is the most popular class for fishing guides and small tour-boat captains. And it is good on inland or ocean waters depending on the experience of the applicant. In short, the 6-pack captain is limited to small uninspected passenger vessels less than 100 GRT (about 65-feet). To carry more than six passengers or operate other types of vessels you need the Master license.

Related stuff

OUPV, 6-pack captain info and class >>

How to get an OUPV 6-pack Captain license >>

Master and Mate, 100-ton and 200-ton captain

The Master is a superior captain to the 6-pack. To explain, the Master captain can operate a 6-pack and also vessels carrying more than 6-passengers. In addition, the Master can operate crew-boats, workboats, supply boats, ferries, and other types of vessels too. Like the 6-pack, the Master can be used on Inland or ocean waters. But unlike the 6-pack, the Master is issued with tonnage limitations. These limitations are based on the applicant’s experience and range from 25-ton to, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1600, and unlimited tonnage.

Lastly, the Mate is lessor to the Master. But it is superior to the 6-pack. To explain, the Mate Near Coastal (not Inland) can operate a 6-pack Inland or Near Coastal. And additionally, the Mate can stand a watch while there is a captain onboard. As with the Master, the Mate is also issued with tonnage limits.

Related stuff

Master and Mate 100 and 200-ton info and class >>

Which license is best for you, the OUPV or Master? >>

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of towing

The tugboat captain must hold Master of Towing. This requires years of training and experience. While the Apprentice Mate (steersman) of towing is not a captain license. It is the first step from deck to the wheelhouse on a tugboat. In short, the Apprentice Mate is a training license that allows the mariner to stand a watch, under supervision, to gain training and experience while completing the TOAR and learning the duties of the mate and master.

Related stuff

Apprentice Mate (steersman) of towing info and class >>

Tugboat Captain Made Easy >>

Towing Endorsements >>

Captain Licenses Upgrades and Add-on classes

With these classes you can upgrade your captain license without retaking the full class again. In short, we offer a full range of upgrade classes for OUPV, Master and Mate 25, 50, 100, and 200-tons. These classes include:

  • Master 100 to 200-ton upgrade.
  • OUPV to Master 25, 50, or 100-ton upgrade.
  • Increase an OUPV or Master Inland to a Near Coastal route.
  • Celestial Navigation (200-ton) to change a Master or Mate Near Coastal to an All-Oceans route.
  • Add Commercial Assistance Towing to OUPV or Master.
  • Auxiliary Sail for Master or Mate
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Captain License Upgrade classes >>

Upgrades to Captain license info >>

Deck Rating classes

ColPac Maritime offers two deck rating classes. Note that no classes or experience is required to get an OS rating.

  • Able Body Seaman (AB)
  • Tankerman-PIC
Related stuff

Able Body Seaman (AB) class >>

Tankerman-PIC class >>

AB and Tankerman ratings >>

Entry Level rating (OS) no experience or classes required >>

Radar and ARPA classes

In short, 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.

  • Combined Radar Observer Unlimited and ARPA
  • Radar Observer Unlimited class only
  • ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aids) class only
Related stuff

Radar and ARPA classes >>

License Renewal classes

Your captain license is good for five-years. In short, it can be renewed by documenting 360-days of experience in the past five-years. However, we offer renewal classes for those captains that cannot document the recent experience.

  • License Refresher
  • Radar Observer Renewal
Related stuff

Renewal classes >>

How to renew a captain license >>


Above all, our business is helping mariners. However, selling classes is what we do to stay in business. So, if you have any questions give us a call, or send an email. We are always happy to help. And please keep us in mind when you need a class.

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