Licensed Guide Service

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by Bryan8552, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Bryan8552

    Bryan8552 New Member

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    Does anyone know what the requirements are to be a properly licensed guide here in SC. Does anyone know the answer, or know where the answer can be found in writing?
     
  2. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    Bryan you can get all the requirements and certification through the Coast Gaurd. They handle all Captains licenses. They are some scholls you can go to also like Sea School.
     

  3. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    Just google uscg and that will put you in the general area with all the info you will need.
     
  4. billfish76

    billfish76 Active Member

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    If you are going to get your license use Sea School. I went through them to get my license to run offshore Charter boats and they made things easy. I have heard that the CG classes are the hardest.

    The other thing that you need to look into is Insurance, because now your boat is a business. You dont want someone getting hurt and coming after you. I do know a guide down in Flordia that makes all his clients sign a wavier stating pretty much that they are on a boat around water and slipping is possible, and that they are fishing and hooks are sharp, and he isnt responsible.


    Good luck if you are looking into the guide thing....
     
  5. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Technically, there is no license required to be a guide in SC.

    Here is the catch:

    If you plan to operate a boat for hire to take people fishing, sightseeing, diving, etc. you are required to be a Coast Guard certified captain.

    In other words, you can be a guide and walk up and down the river bank all day and never be required to have a license. You can also guide someone on where to fish on a boat that has a licensed captain that you or they have hired to take you out on the water.

    You can not legally be hired to guide and carry passengers on a boat that you operate without a captains license on waters that the US Coast Guard has jurisdiction over.

    Here it is in the US Code:
    http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/46C87.txt
    http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/46C89.txt
     
  6. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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  7. Bryan8552

    Bryan8552 New Member

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    Thanks fellows! It's not me who's interested in becoming a guide. It's another fellow who I know. He's an excellent, well rounded fisherman and world class on the crappies. He recently retired and is interested in becoming a guide. When trying to figure out what all is required we kept running into roadblocks. Of course I decided to post this question on the BOC because it never fails. I always seem to get the info I'm looking for whenever I post a question on this site. Just another one of many good reasons to be a member here. Thanks again!
     
  8. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    On a related question - I seem to remember reading a while back (in newspaper article?) that if you take someone fishing on your boat and they bring lunch or pay for gas, then they can technically be considered to have paid for the trip and you can be charged with operating without a captain's license! Has anyone else heard this? Is there any truth to it?
     
  9. jk888

    jk888 Member

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    I think that would be just sharing expenses. I don't thing the authorities would look at that as paying for servvices.

    Jim
     
  10. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    "...if you take someone fishing on your boat and they bring lunch or pay for gas, then they can technically be considered to have paid for the trip and you can be charged with operating without a captain's license..."

    Totally 100% FALSE.

    You are not being hired. Plain and simple.