"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

– Mark Twain

Up Coming Events

Industry Days

Industry Days 2018 will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City on Tuesday, Jan 9 and Wednesday, Jan 10. We will again offer CPR and First Aid Renewals on Monday, Jan 8, beginning at  1 pm to 5 pm. Cost will be $45, which includes CPR card.

The newly required HAZARDOUS MATERIALS certification will also be offered on Monday, Jan 8. If you are a paid member, there is no charge for the class. However, class materials will cost approximately $25. If you are not a member of GLCA, the cost of the class is $40 (happens to be the same as membership dues), plus the class material fees. These fees can be paid on Monday Jan 8.

MROP can be done online through clicking HERE

Scholarships are available. See NEWS page for additional information.


The Great Lakes Captains Association seeks to promote safety, education and good fellowship between operators and others with related interests. The association informs members of events and programs that will help them in their jobs including updates and new rules to navigation. We work with boat owners and companies so there will be more informed communication and stronger cooperation between them and the workforce leading to safer boating practices.

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