Guest SpeakerSpeakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains. CAPCA's Speakers Bureau provides them as a public service to the maritime community. There is no speaking fee or charge.

Our members have a wealth of experience -- on the water, in classrooms, and online -- that gives them the knowledge and background to provide presentations on a host of maritime-related topics: seamanship and navigation, radio operation, boating safety, cruising areas, chartering, and more. See a partial list below. Or, give us some topics that interest your group and we'll take it from there. 

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Below is a sample of the topics we can address. If you don't see your interests here, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Navigation: basic navigation; electronic navigation, celestial navigation, navigating without electronics, how to read a nautical chart.

Marine electronics: VHF and single sideband radio operation, using radar, AIS for safety, boating apps. 

Safety: Rules of the Road, navigating shared waterways, first aid for boaters, boating safety basics, avoiding and handling emergencies on the water.

Crew: training your crew, how to be an effective first mate. 

Seamanship: knots and ropes, boat handling under power and sail, single-handed boat operation. 

Cruising: boating at night, your first offshore passage, how to get blue water experience, extended cruising, chartering at home and overseas, cruising in foreign waters, having your boat delivered, shipping a yacht overseas.

Cruising areas: the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic and Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Atlantic Canada, NW Europe. 

General: how to buy a boat, using your boat for science and the environment, the business of chartering your boat, women and boating.