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.

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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.

Courses are listed on the CALENDAR and on CLASSES.

CAPCA’s Continuing Education program helps captains maintain or improve their professional knowledge through courses and seminars. Most classes are open to the public. CAPCA members enjoy discounts on the cost of courses.

You can receive course and seminar announcements through e-mail, on this website, and through CAPCA tweets. Courses are usually held during the late fall and winter months.

If there is interest in a particular course or seminar, CAPCA will try its best to schedule it. Please make suggestions by contacting  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public