For Captains. By Captains.

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

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10 Steps to Accelerate Your Brand in Maritime – What I Wish I Knew 20 Years Ago
Whether you're an entrepreneur, freelancer, or job seeker, effectively showcasing your unique self (read value proposition) can set you apart in a very crowded market.

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

You will receive access to our professional development mentorship program.

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! 

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Whether you're an entrepreneur, freelancer, or job seeker, effectively showcasing your unique self (read value proposition) can set you apart in a very crowded market.
Captain Madison Olson was born in Key West, Florida to a family of adventurers who fostered in her a love for the ocean and a need for exploration. At 29 years old she has been sailing professionally for the last ten years on vessels ranging from 10 to 55 meters.  Olson spent her childhood on […]
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. 
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!

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.

Our membership 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

Once you sign up, you have access to purchase gear at discounted prices to show your 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. 

Join today! See our membership benefits below.

For the price of

$99 | year

you'll get access to:


Watchdog Work & Advocacy

Discounted Gear and Apparel

Job Board Access & Post a Resume

24-7/365 Access to Maritime Legal Counsel

Professional Development Mentorship Program

Business Consultation

Contracts, Charter agreement, and Freelance Guidance