Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains who operate primarily on the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast of the United States.

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 instructors and delivery captains for transporting recreational boats between ports.


CAPCA meetings are canceled through September. Please check this website for updates. 


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County Schools

Consider Hosting a Student Intern

Interns have a lot to offer their internship sites. Anne Arundel County students experience much more than the traditional high school curriculum and are qualified to contribute in meaningful ways to the internships they pursue. 

An internship opportunity prepares students for their future through site-based experiences in industry, government, and community professional settings. 

Benefits of hosting an intern:

  • Add a fresh perspective to the workforce
  • Increase productivity
  • Create a pipeline for future employees
  • Build relationships with students and schools

The internship format is designed to allow students to:

  • Participate in the daily work of professionals in their workplace
  • Engage in collaborative work alongside mentors and their colleagues
  • Experience the full spectrum of expectations, job skills, and opportunities related to success in the workplace
  • Evaluate and reflect on the work of a professional through active, daily on-the-job personnel workplace exchanges

Internships should meet the following criteria:

  • Guided by a qualified mentor
  • Duties are career focused in nature and encompass the required hours
  • The internship is mutually benefitting the mentor and the student
  • Intern is learning one or more new skills or advancing one or more current skills to higher levels

Internship Format Options 

  • A 135-hour summer internship  
  • A 135-hour fall or spring internship 
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid 

Click here for more information about the program.

Want to learn more? Please contact Thomas Dickinson at 443-679-6204 or via email at


CAPCA meeting

Join us at our monthly meetings where you can meet our captains, find out more about CAPCA, and hear interesting guest speakers.

Click here for meeting details.

MMC shadowWhy earn a captain's license?

  • use your boat to carry passengers for hire
  • enjoy a discount on marine insurance for your boat
  • required for many full- or part-time maritime jobs
  • acquire a comprehensive knowledge of navigation and rules of the road

Click here to read a description of the process for earning a captain's license.

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Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains.

    After you submit the form, our speaker’s bureau coordinator will get back to you soon.

Our members have a wealth of experience—on the water and in classrooms—that gives them the knowledge and background to provide guest-speaker presentations on a host of maritime-related topics, from seamanship and navigation to radio operation and basic first aid for boaters. Let us know a topic that interests you, and we’ll take it from there.

CAPCA provides this as a public service to the maritime community. There's no speaking fee or charge.

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