Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains across the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. We promote professional development and business opportunities for licensed captains.

Our captains operate charter boats, tour boats, survey and tow vessels, and ocean-going ships. Some provide instructions for new boat owners. Others deliver boats between ports. We have more than 300 licensed captains available to assist boat owners and dealers.

Hire a CaptainHire a Captain

Looking for a Coast Guard-licensed captain to serve as an operator or a crewmember for your vessel? We have many and they're ready to serve you. With a free request, you can reach all of our captains.

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Maritime Classes

CAPCA offers an array of maritime-oriented classes that are open to the public. Our foundational courses are USCG license renewal and CPR/First Aid. We offer additional classes based on interest and availability of instructors.

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CAPCA meeting shadowGuest Speakers

Join us at our monthly meetings to enjoy interesting guest speakers. 

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Guest SpeakerSpeakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains. CAPCA's Speakers Bureau provides them as a public service to the maritime community. There is no speaking fee or charge. Click here to see a list of our speakers and their respective topics.



Do you have a current U.S. Coast Guard captain's license or USCG Document of Continuity? If so, we invite you to join us. You don’t have to be working as a captain or crew member to join CAPCA. A valid license or a Document of Continuity and being interested in maritime issues is all we require

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Merchant Mariner Credential Why Earn a Captain's License?

  • Carry passengers for hire.
  • Discount on marine insurance.
  • It's required for many full- or part-time maritime jobs.
  • Gain knowledge of navigation and rules of the road.

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CAPCA YouTube ChannelCAPCA's YouTube Channel

Follow this link to the CAPCA YouTube Channel, where you will find our recent guest speakers' presentations.



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CAPCA  publishes a monthly electronic newsletter called The Log for our members and maritime friends.

Click HERE for the current issue.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public