Carolyn Kurtz

Captain/Harbor Pilot of
Tampa Bay Pilots Association

Favorite Quote

Hope is not a strategy. (With addendum–but sometimes it’s all you’ve got)

About Carolyn Kurtz

Originally from NY, Captain Kurtz attended the US Merchant Marine Academy. Upon graduation in 1986, she went to sea as 3rd Mate with Maritime Overseas Corporation. She received an unlimited Master license in 1992, meaning that she is qualified to captain ships of any size. In 1995 she was accepted into the Tampa Bay Pilots training program, becoming the first woman in Florida to do so. She has served as co-manager and training coordinator of TBPA, and as Secretary of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association. She currently serves as Chair of the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, and as Chair of the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC), an advisory board to the USCG. She has been honored to receive some very special awards: Woman of Distinction (Girl Scouts), Trailblazer Award (Women’s Transportation Council), Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award (Jewish Museum of Florida), International Person of the Year (Tampa Bay Women in Transportation). In 2018 she was admitted to the Athena Society.

Carolyn was married in 2015 to Dave Fath, a 1986 Maine Maritime grad and Lake Charles Pilot. They live on Davis Islands in their newly empty nest, as 18 year old son, Jack, is a freshman at Indiana University, Bloomington.