The Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (ROUVP) on the Fresh Waters of Western Alaska is a 3-day USCG approved course that is required for people taking up to 6 passengers for hire on the lakes and rivers of Western Alaska. It is meant to serve the needs of persons who guide sport fishermen or hunters on the lakes and rivers of selected waters in Western Alaska. This does not qualify a person to operate on saltwater. After taking this 3-day course which provides instruction and requires passing a written test, the candidate will need to complete paperwork required by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
This course is designed for students who have experience in certain waters in Alaska designated by the relevant OCMI as being eligible for this Restricted OUPV endorsement. The course completion certification must be submitted within one year of the completion of training. This course will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 11.903(a)(24) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.227(e)(1)(iii) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.227€(1)(iii) for renewal, and 464 CFR 10.227 (i0(1) for reissuance, of a merchant mariner endorsement as an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels upon those waters approved for such an endorsement by the OCMIs in Alaska.