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Become a VAC Captain

If you are a captain interested in running trips for VA Charters, please see our requirements below and feel free to contact us by clicking here.


  1. A USCG '6-Pack' license (minimum); experience running and/or crewing charters
  2. A current TWIC card
  3. Current CPR and First Aid certification
  4. A current Sea Tow membership or similar plan for at-sea assistance


Your vessel:

  1. Must possess a current year vessel inspection
  2. Must have an accessible, private marine head
  3. Must meet all standard Coast Guard charter boat safety requirements, i.e. type 1 PFD's, fire suppression systems, etc
  4. Electronic support: while we expect that most boats will have GPS, chart plotters, radar, etc., we will evaluate the requirements for each boat based on where and how you fish
  5. EPIRBS: For boats running offshore (greater than 3 miles from land)



VA Charters requires the following to be on file:

  1. Captain's license
  2. Proof of charter insurance
  3. Home state charter permit
  4. Certificate of Documentation (COD) or current boat registration
  5. Copy of current vessel inspection (either US Coast Guard, USCG Auxiliary, or Power Squadron)


Additional requirements:

All boats working with us are expected to run an environmentally ‘clean’ operation. Safe operations and good housekeeping are considered essential. This includes, but is not limited to, the disposal of trash, neat seaman-like stowage of equipment, proper use of holding tanks, and compliance with all environmental (DEP) and fisheries (DoF) regulations. Remember, some of our passengers may suffer from some disability, so extraordinary consideration for their safety is required. Our captains must also agree to use catch-and-release methods, when appropriate, and avoid fishing methods that can entangle or endanger by-catch species.

If you are still interested after reading all that – we’d like to talk to you click here to contact us today!