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Welcome to the Chesapeake Area
Professional Captains Association
We're a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains who operate primarily on the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast of the United States. We also serve the maritime public.
Although our captains' licenses range from small passenger vessels to oceangoing ships, the bulk of our members operate boats of 100 tons or less—such as tourboats, water-taxis, towboats, and charterboats. Some also work as delivery captains for transporting recreational boats between ports.
Here's what we can do for you . . .
• If you’re looking for a captain who can help you with boat deliveries, individual instruction on your own vessel, or skippering a boat for a maritime company or a private yachtowner, we can serve as your clearinghouse. To learn more about this program, click on HOW OUR JOB BOARD WORKS. To post a free ad for a captain, click on HIRE A CAPTAIN.
• If you're already a CAPCA member, log in to the Members Only section and access members-only resources, including discounts and other opportunities.
• If you don't have a license now, but would like to earn one, we’ll help steer you in the right direction. Read GET A CAPTAINS LICENSE.
• If you're a member of the maritime community, welcome! Please use our RESOURCES LIST in the column at the left and browse through the other pages of this website. And we invite you to attend our regular monthly public meetings and listen to our knowledgeable GUEST SPEAKERS and sign up for our CONTINUING EDUCATION courses.
Attend our monthly meetings, meet our members, and listen to our speakers.
When: We meet on the fourth Monday of every month (except August and December). Our pre-meeting social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and our speaker usually begins his or her presentation at 7:15 p.m. The public is welcome. To check our speaker schedule, click HERE.
Where: The Annapolis Elks Club Lodge building at 2 Pythian Drive in Edgewater, Maryland, just west of Annapolis.
Driving directions to our meetings . . .
Take U.S. Route 50 to Exit 22 (Parole and Maryland Route 2 south) and drive to the traffic light at the intersection of Route 2 and Grand Oak Avenue. Turn left onto Grand Oak Avenue and take the immediate left onto Pythian Drive. Continue straight ahead a few hundred feet to the Elks Lodge parking lot. When you enter the building, turn left and walk to the second large conference room on your right, near the end of the hall. We'll be there. HERE'S A MAP.
CAPCA is going paperless.
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We offer you
• JOB OPPORTUNITIES
• CONTINUING EDUCATION
• PROFESSIONAL MENTORING
• KNOWLEDGEABLE SPEAKERS
• FIELD TRIPS AND EVENTS
ON MARITIME TOPICS
Test your knowledge of nautical terminology. Can you answer this question?
Q. Do you know what baggywrinkle is?
Answer: Clumps of rope yarn, teased out and wound around shrouds, spreaders, and other parts of a sailing vessel's rigging to protect sails, sheets, and spars from chafing and wearing. You can see these bottle-brush-shaped forms clearly nowadays on the rigging of schooners and tall-ship square-riggers that visit the nation's port cities. Impress your landlubber friends: use the word in conversations ashore.
Did you get it right? You're building a nautical vocabulary!
Want to sharpen your mariner's skills?
Take one of our winter courses
(Photo by Terry Slattery)
For CAPCA members only (log in to members section):
• CAPTAIN'S LICENSE RENEWAL - UP TO 100 TONS
• CAPTAIN'S LICENSE RENEWAL - UP TO 200 TONS
Open to the public: CAPCA members must log in to get the member's discount
• PRACTICAL MARINE RADAR
• VOYAGE PLANNING AND ELECTRONIC CHARTING
• FIRST AID / CPR / AED FOR BOATERS
• BASIC MARINE ELECTRICITY
For details, go to CALENDAR / EDUCATION / Register for Courses