Great Lakes Charter Training Turns 30
Published: Friday, March 15, 2019
By: Jim Neumann
2019 marks three decades of service in the marine industry for Great Lakes Charter Training, a group that helps turn recreational boaters into licensed Captains. Offering training and test proctoring across the United States, Great Lakes Charter Training has given thousands of boating individuals new opportunities to turn passions for the water into money making opportunities. Thirty years is a significant milestone for any company, so I took the opportunity to learn more about Great Lakes Charter Training.
Captain Mel Stackpoole is the owner and president of Great Lakes Charter Training. In a conversation with Mel, I learned that over the past thirty years the variety of reasons people chose to become a Licensed Captain were as varied as the types of fish in the sea. Furthermore, not every student is looking for a full time career on the water. A large number of people that go through the Great Lakes Charter Training program are merely looking for a chance to make a little extra money while doing what they enjoy. From delivery captains who transport boats, to charter boat captains who help bring the boating experience to those without boats, the opportunities seem countless. Upon completion of the Captain’s License course, Great Lakes Charter Training’s students discover captain positions for dive boat charters, fishing charters, sailboat charters, ferries, and tow boats, just to name a few.
Think about it for a moment. You may be one of the millions of fisherman, sail boaters, or pleasure boaters that has been taking people on the water for free. Now imagine, you could be getting paid for being on your boat while taking passengers with you. There are even a significant number of industries unrelated to the boating or recreational industries that require the use of Licensed Captains in their line of work. The filmmaking industry, utility companies, surveyors, construction, real estate companies, they all require Licensed Captains when transporting people or products across open water. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see what having a USCG Captain’s License might do for someone. It appears that being a Licensed Captain is all positive; having the license may even reduce your insurance!
It is very likely that during the time that you are reading this article there is a Great Lakes Charter Training Captain’s License course going on or coming up at a location near you. If you have a passion for the water and have given thought to turning that passion into an income opportunity, with thirty years of experience Great Lakes Charter Training is a great place to start your adventure as a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain.
About the Author
Jim Neumann is a freelance writer and a skilled waterman with a lifetime of experience on, in, and around the water. As a marine industry professional, Jim has noteworthy achievements in yacht racing, water sports, and pleasure cruising.
This article first appeared in the Spring Issue (Mar/Apr) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.