Ahoy!! Meet Captains Jen and Kelli. We are both USCG Licensed Captains and National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) Certified Instructors. We have accumulated a combined 44 years of boating experience in numerous sizes and models of power boats.  We each hold USCG OUPV, Towing Endorsement and 25-ton Master’s Licenses. In addition, we are each licensed ministers able to perform marriage ceremonies.

Nauti Boat Academy (NBA) was established by veteran boaters Captain Kelli Gutierrez and Captain Jenifer Fritz who saw a need for boating instruction in the Southern Maryland area. 

Our mission is to create a fun, stress-free environment for new and experienced boaters to learn more about what boating has to offer and gain confidence at the helm.

We have a huge passion for boating and a deep commitment to ensuring safety and instilling confidence. We have undergone rigorous training to teach recreational boaters in accordance with the American National Standard and NSBC for on-water skills. And although we take boating safety seriously, we make sure it is done in a fun and unintimidating environment.

Boating is all about having fun and doing it safely.

Realizing their common passion for boating, Jen and Kelli have partnered to bring beginners and novice boaters the tools needed to become confident with their boating skills while educating our students on the safety rules and regulations required by Coast Guard and local boating authorities.

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Captain Kelli, who also owns Nauti Boat Detailing, is a native of Southern Maryland. She grew up boating on the Patuxent River and is an active member of the WYA Yacht Club. Kelli works part-time as a Safety Boat operator during the construction of the new Harry Nice bridge. Kelli and Jen both spent the summer season teaching kids and adults through the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

Captain Jen, previously a Senior Executive in the field of Cyber Security and Identity Management solutions, fully indulged her passion for boating when she moved to Swan Point, MD 13 years ago. She grew up in the Boston area where she enjoyed summers boating on Cape Cod and Lake Winnipesaukee. She also boated for 15 years on the delta in the California Bay area where she lived prior to moving to Swan Point.

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NBA specializes in training for women, teens and small groups.  Multi-lesson classes are available as well as private instructional courses. All courses can be customized to the needs of the participants.