Member Benefits

Job opportunities

CAPCA operates an online job board that lists requests for delivery captains, skippers of charterboats, tourboats, water-taxis, towboats, instructors for power and sail, and other jobs requiring licensed captains.

Crewing opportunities

CAPCA operates an online crew registry that connects captains with other members interested in serving as crew.

Networking

CAPCA members enjoy monthly meetings where they can share contacts and chat with experienced captains about any subject they’d like to explore.  

Business Toolkit

If you’re thinking about starting a maritime business or if you’re currently working your license and would like to explore other maritime opportunities, this website section has information to assist you. You can read the information and you can download PDFs of all the resources.

Guest Speakers

CAPCA invites top-notch guest speakers to its monthly meetings, from heads of key government regulatory organizations to experts on specific topics—such as fire-prevention and control, weather forecasting, and marine environmental issues.

Continuing Education Classes

CAPCA offers members-only classes on a wide range of subjects, from marine electricity and offshore safety to radar operation and license-renewal, taught by experienced experts. Members also receive discounts on courses that CAPCA provides for the public.

Professional Mentoring

Many experienced CAPCA members are happy to mentor less-experienced members. 

Discounts

CAPCA members enjoy discounts on marine supplies and services, license insurance, and professional courses and associations. 

Access to ABYC

As a CAPCA member of ABYC, you can gain access to all its standards online without charge. Other benefits include FREE extensive and detailed standards-based technical consulting from a staff of experts; extensive education and training opportunities, with course and seminar discounts; save money on publications; be aware of what lies ahead for standards in your field; and become a certified marine technician in electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning, diesel engine systems, gasoline engine systems, corrosion, composite boat building, marine systems, or standards. 

Special Events

CAPCA schedules special professional and social events for members and their families throughout the year. Examples include tours of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, the USCG buoy-tender James Rankin, and the high-tech ship’s bridge simulator at the Maryland Institute for Technical and Graduate Studies (MITAGS). 

Up-To-Date Information

CAPCA members have access to up-to-date information on merchant mariner licensing, regulatory and legislative initiatives on the federal and state level, USCG alerts and advisories, new standards published by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and more. CAPCA also publishes a monthly internal newsletter, The Log, that provides timely information for members.