For Captains. By Captains.

A trade organization for the promotion and advocacy of professional captains nationwide.

5 Mobile Phone Apps Every Professional Captain Should Download
Apps on your mobile device can help you navigate, gather essential information about waterways and weather, and interact with other boaters on the water. Check out a few of our favorites!

You drive the boat. We've got your back.

The relentless pursuit of the advancement of professional boat Captains of America.



Working tirelessly to advance the interests of professional boat captains of America. The Professional Captains Association has the watch so you can stay focused on what you do best – running your vessel.

Professional Development

Depending on your membership level, you will receive free or discounted access to our online and live captain's courses, along with professional development courses.

Advocacy and Advice

From access to legal advice and legal forms and contracts, we can facilitate in helping you find the resources and make the contacts to succeed as a Captain and as a small business owner on the water. 

Industry Promotion

We have your back. Professional Captains are the unsung heroes of American commerce. We will be your voice so you can stay focused on staying safe! 

Member Login

Apps on your mobile device can help you navigate, gather essential information about waterways and weather, and interact with other boaters on the water. Check out a few of our favorites!
The National Maritime Center (NMC) tells us that a total of 7,882 MMC applications in 2021 were delayed due to deficiencies in the medical certificate. We share here the top medical reasons that MMC certificates are delayed. 
Join the PCA on March 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm US Eastern time as we welcome Capt. Madison Olson to discuss her career and record breaking professional sailing aspirations.
About half of the roughly 50,000 annual requests from mariners for Captains credentials are delayed at the National Maritime Center due to incomplete applications. How can you avoid the five most common reasons for delays?
Join the PCA on February 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm EST as we welcome NMC Commanding Officer Capt. Bradley Clare to discuss mariner credentialing. Submit your questions for Capt. Clare and join us for this exciting opportunity!
On January 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm, we will continue or Pro Seminar Series with Captain Kent Dresser who will discuss how to get your Captain’s License in an era of hybrid instruction. Bring your questions for Kent and join us for the first seminar of 2022!

A tool to track and report your sea time


Keeping track of sea time and then reporting it for licensing is one of captains’ biggest hassles. Your membership includes access to a portal that can help you log your hours. Once you’re ready to submit, we will be there to help ensure your paperwork is accurate, complete and professional.

What We Do For You


From the Jones Act to Workman's Compensation, we will watch regulations for you, so you don't have to.


Representation for USCG accident investigations and counsel referrals when needed.

Savings on Legal Advice

Access to 24-7/365 access to maritime legal counsel to help you when you need legal advice and guidance.

Job Boards & Networking

The bigger your net, the more fish you catch. Network with other like-minded professional captains and employers through PCA events, and web-based communication tools.

Professional Development Mentorship

Consulting sessions with captains who can offer career advice and provide the tips you need to succeed.

Added member services include discounts on

Financial Planning/ Budgeting

Our financial planning partners know the ins and outs of being a boat captain. We will work with you to plan your financial future.

Legal and Professional Services

Assistance with captains or crew contracts, delivery contracts, budget spreadsheets, resumes (infographic and traditional), passage plans, releases, and form and claim letters.

PCA Gear

Pro members will also get a Professional Captains Association trucker hat or T-Shirt upon sign up but all members have access to purchase gear to show their PCA pride!

Website Development

Need a website or social media promotion? We can help develop a site for you that puts you on the map. 


Pricing Tiers and Benefits


$99 | year

Networking & Job Board Access

Watchdog Work & Advocacy

Discounted gear and apparel

Job Board Access & Post a Resume


$299 | year

All of the Standard Benefits PLUS:

Access to Online Captain's Courses

MMC Application Review

Tier 1 Professional Development Courses

Choice of Free Trucker Hat or T-Shirt

24-7/365 access to Maritime Legal Counsel

Professional Development Mentorship Program


$399 | year

All of the Standard & Plus Member Benefits PLUS:

MMC Application Assistance

Captain's Course Exams

Tier 2 Professional Development Courses

Advertise on the Jobs Board

Business Consultation

Pro Partner

Starting at $999 | year

All the benefits of Premier Membership for You

Full Membership for 4 of your employees (option to buy more at $99/employee)

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