After being raised on the ocean I knew the sea was my life. I first went to sea at the age of 16 and went to work for American President Lines, after a 6 month deployment I joined the United States Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard I served aboard icebreakers, high endurance cutters and lifeboat stations at Cape Disappointment and Yaquina Bay.
After several tours on ships, lifeboat stations, and one tour in Vietnam, I went to work on a 220’ ocean going tugboat where we voyaged from South America to the Bering Sea and the Far East.
My last tour at sea was on Oregon State’s University Research Ship “Wecoma” which included scientific research of whales to sampling the bottom of the ocean to name a few. After going to sea for 40 years I had the opportunity to stay closer to home and start a whale watching business in Depoe Bay.
Licensed – U.S. Merchant Marine Officer.
Licensed – Master of Steam, Motor or Sailing vessels of 1600 gross tons upon ocean’s.
Licensed – Radar Observer Unlimited / ARPA, automatic radar plotting, Unlimited.
Licensed – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, Operator’s License, Unlimited.
Certification – Celestial Navigation Ocean’s, Unlimited.
Certification – Ships Security Officer, Pacific Maritime Institute.
Certification – STCW Endorsement, Officer in charge of a navigational watch (1600 gross tons upon ocean’s), Proficient in taking charge of Medical Care.
Certification – U.S. Merchant Mariner’s Document holds the following ratings and endorsements: Engine Room, Medical Care, Lifeboatman, Fast Rescue Boats, and Any Deck Rating upon ocean’s.
Certification – Basic and Advanced Maritime Firefighting in compliance with STCW.
Certification – Completed Ship Handling Procedures, Bridge Resource Management.
Certification – Completed Shipboard Safety Training in compliance with STCW.
Certification – Completed Person in Charge of Medical Care in accordance with STCW.