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 Zoom Meeting,  Monday, October 25, 2021, 1845.  Speaker: Captain Louis Novak, "Volunteer Opportunities for Licensed Captains." He's done some interesting things.

ZOOM Web browser link: please do not click on this link until the time of the meeting

CAPCA meetings are being recorded. CLICK HERE to view recordings of past Zoom meetings.

Officer Dave Sire


Captain Dave Sire

USCG 50-ton Master

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After learning to sail in high school, I spent a couple of decades far from the ocean, working in the central and southern Rocky Mountain West. I've been making up for lost sailing time ever since moving to Maryland in 2002. I sailed the Chesapeake Bay at every opportunity, first on a Catalina 250 and later on a Catalina 34. I recently made the jump to a Nordic Tug 37, which has extended my cruising range and my boating season. I continue to sail on other peoples' boats, including deliveries to and from the Keys every year, which are largely offshore.

Before retiring in 2014, I was a tiny sprocket in the great gears of government - 32 years with the Forest Service, 3 years with the Department of the Interior, and 1 year as a Senate staffer. My public service career experience includes environmental stewardship, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. As an adjunct to my regular duties, I built and managed several websites.

I am working with an inspired website team to make the CAPCA website a valuable resource for members and the public.


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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