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 Speakers Bureau

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

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 (see partial list below). Or, you can give us 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.

Click here to fill out the "Request a CAPCA Speaker" form and our speaker’s bureau coordinator will get back to you soon.

Here is a partial list of topics we can cover:

basic navigation | how to use your chartplotter | celestial navigation | a fresh look at boating safety | training your crew | how to be an effective first mate | learning the ropes: knots and lines | using your VHF-FM marine radio | how to use radar | rules of the road and you | better boathandling | first aid fundamentals for boaters

how to buy a boat | tips about chartering a boat | using your boat to learn more about science and the environment | women and boating | transiting the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

sailing single-handed | sailing at night | extended cruising | your first offshore passage | sailing in foreign waters | sailing the Atlantic and the Mediterranean | cruising Atlantic Canada | cruising NW Europe | shipping a yacht overseas | how to get bluewater experience | salty language—modern-day words and phrases that derive from the age of sail

If you don't see your interests here, please ask us . . .  e-mail  speakers@capca.net

ATTEND A MEETING

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.

carrick bendCAPCA Speakers Bureau

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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