The free ActiveCaptain app creates a powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the boating community. Whether you use your Garmin products for cruising, fishing, sailing or diving, this all-in-one app will help you enjoy your time on the water.

Just pair the app with your compatible chartplotter to wirelessly transfer and access charts and maps, updates, routes, waypoints and helpful feedback from the ActiveCaptain Community. And, with the purchase of the OnDeck Hub (1), you can track and monitor your boat from virtually anywhere.

The ultimate connected boating experience begins here with a boatload of features at your fingertips.

Please note, this app is not recommended for non-Garmin chartplotter owners and is not intended to be a standalone navigational app.

> Purchase charts from your mobile device and upload them on all your registered Garmin chartplotters at any time. You will get exceptional coverage, clarity and detail with charts that feature integrated Garmin and Navionics® data. Plus, the NOAA raster cartography (2) can be downloaded for free through the ActiveCaptain app

> Access and update charts with the ActiveCaptain app from nearly anywhere and wirelessly transfer them to your Garmin chartplotter the next time you’re on the water.

- PLAN A TRIP: Plan your trip or e-scout a new fishing spot all before you’re on the water. Then, transfer your data to your chartplotter where you can view your routes and waypoints. 

- USER DATA SYNC: Automatically back up and sync your data between your chartplotter and the ActiveCaptain app.

- ACTIVECAPTAIN COMMUNITY: Join a community of fellow boaters to get up-to-date feedback on marinas, boat ramps and other points of interests. Check ratings, read reviews, and view pictures of various POIs to make informed decisions on the water. Plus, you can contribute to the community by adding POIs, reviews and pictures from your compatible mobile device.

- CONTROL YOUR CHARTPLOTTER: Using the built-in Helm™ feature, the ActiveCaptain app lets you view and control your compatible (3) chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet, even when someone else is at the helm (4).

- EASY SOFTWARE UPDATES: Receive notifications about the most recent software updates directly from the app, and update your chartplotter wirelessly.

- ONDECK HUB (1): Use the ActiveCaptain app to monitor and control your OnDeck system from nearly anywhere. Door open? Bilge running? Peace of mind comes in the form of text alerts and updates. ​

- QUICKDRAWTM COMMUNITY: Need more depth detail for your next fishing trip? Is a lake uncharted? Download the latest HD 1’ contours maps shared by your fellow boaters and sync with your chartplotter. You can also easily upload your own Quickdraw Contours.

- SMART NOTIFICATIONS (4): Connect the app to your chartplotter and turn on smart notifications to see calls, text messages and more on the chartplotter display while your phone is somewhere safe and dry.

Download the app now to use all these features and get the most out of your time on and off the water.

1) OnDeck Hub sold separately and requires an active subscription plan.
2) NOAA Raster cartography cannot be viewed on echoMAP CHIRP and ECHOMAP Plus combos but can be viewed on mobile devices via the ActiveCaptain mobile app.
3) Helm is not compatible with ECHOMAP series chartplotters.
4) Check device compatibility on the ActiveCaptain App web page; Visit > Marine > App

What’s New

Version 25.0

- In addition to email and text messages Garmin OnDeck users can now also receive push notifications on their mobile device.
- Bugfixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

TexanInFLA ,

Very Good & Needs Stability Fixes

I have had Simrad and Raymarine chatplotters and find that Garmin is an overall better plotter, easier to use, and the app is nice to have. Being able to upgrade all of my Garmin devices from my phone makes it so much easier.

I do think there is a lot of work that needs to be done to stabilize and improve the ActiveCaptain iPhone app. It constantly crashes to the point where I am unable to enter waypoints in it before trips or do anything besides just looking around on the map. I have a newer iPhone so that should not be the issue. Being able to see a list of waypoints on the app with coordinates, select one or many of them, and “share” by text or email would be a nice-to-have so I can share waypoints with others.

Em Anni ,

Pretty good but needs work

I love that I can mirror the plotter to my phone and tablet. However, getting there took time with support. You must disable cellular data in order for Helm to show the video feed. You can still press buttons and the thumbnail will reflect that, but no video. There are in app settings and phone settings so it can be seamless.

This app helps when we are cozy down below and need to get some info about what’s going on up top and around us. While we are not using it to its full potential, the bells and whistles we have are pretty great.

3 stars due to the cellular issues and cannot pinch to zoom on Helm. A few other minor frustrations. Can’t wait until any tablet can be used as a full replacement for a plotter and all instrumentation is available wirelessly. Still, hands on analog data is still pretty hard to beat. If you wanna impress the hotties, this app will do it. If you wanna impress your fishing buddies, this app will do it. Be prepared for jeers from the fuddyduddy and boomer crowd.


New Port Cove Marine Center in Riviera Beach FL

We just spent 2 weeks at New Port Cove at Lake Worth Inlet and couldn’t be more pleased with the service, location, and personnel.
While waiting for a crossing window, we had some repairs done to our trawler and provisioned for a 3 month trip to the Abacos.
We were an easy walk to Boat Owner’s Warehouse, Publix, BBT bank, Walgreen’s, multiple sport fishing stores, and Auto Zone and a cheap Uber ride to Walmart. The surrounding neighborhoods have seen tough times but we were met on our dog walks through them with consistently friendly people, multiple home and property renovations, and a huge presence of Rybovich boat yard’s expansion.
GM Jim Nester is doing a great job updating the marina and getting (and keeping) enthusiastic and helpful staff.
This was our second stay, and we will definitely be back. With all that and a 15 minute trip to Lake Worth Inlet, what more could you want?

App Privacy

The developer, Garmin, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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