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Their Captain Dreams Came True

Left to right, front row: Instructor Captain Bill Tyndall; Donald Culver, Milford, De.; Hunter Culver, Milford, De.; Wilfred Handel, Ocean City, Md.; Thomas Dadds, Henderson, Md.; Shelby Slaughter, Denton, Md. Second row: Instructor Captain Ken Daniel; Adam White, Easton, Md.; John Budler, Millsboro, De.; Tim Mumford, Selbyville, De.; Dale Parker, Edgewater, Md. Back row: Matthew White, Easton, Md.; Dennis Robbins, Milford, De.; Matthew Bynum, District Heights, Md.; Charles Watterson, Chestertown, Md.; Guy Edgar, Cambridge, Md.; Howard Todd III, Hurlock, Md. Not pictured: Corbin Ensor, Street, Md.; Steven Connell, Elkton, Md.; Brad Clark, Dagsboro, De.; William Hamilton, Millsboro, De.; Mark Barbato, Wilmington, De.; Logan Harmon, Easton, Md.

Twenty-one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.   
    The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, is the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because its quality instruction and its thorough coverage of all areas for professional captains. The school is Coast Guard approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six pack) license and up to 100 gross ton Master’s Near Coastal license.
    Students are taught Navigation Rules, Weather, Anchoring and Mooring, Maneuvering and Handling the Vessel, Emergency Procedures, First Aid and CPR, Electronic and Chart Navigation and other skills. Hands-on training plus 80 hours of classroom teaching culminate with final exams administered by Charter Captain Courses. Private tutoring and license renewal are also available.
    The next course begins Monday January 23, 6:30pm, at the Carlisle Fire Company in Milford, Delaware; and Thursday January 26, 6:30pm at the Kent Island Fire Company in Kent Island. Applications are now being taken. Call Capt. Ken Daniel at 410-228-0674, Capt. Bill Tyndall at 410-943-8133 or rdboat@verizon.net.

–Ken Daniel: Charter Captain Course