Non-marine Work Experience
I am retired from a 35-year career as an Air Traffic Controller, Air Traffic control Trainer and Training Manager. I have worked both in Canada for Transport Canada and Nav Canada as well as for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a training specialist in Saudi Arabia. Now that I am retired I am following my real passion which is boating.
I have been sailing since I was 5 and owned my first boat at 12. In my teens I worked as a sailing instructor, managed a small boat club and maintained a fleet of dinghies and two mahogany committee boats.
I have chartered boats in Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, the Maine Coast as well as the Bay of Fundy.
I have owned several boats ranging in size from 22 feet to 39 feet. My last boat was a Camper Nicholson Ketch that my wife and I sailed to Southern Florida and back.
Training and Certifications
While in Florida, I took a marine surveyor course offered by Chapman's School of Seamanship. Chapman's is a well-recognized marine training facility that offers an excellent Surveyor's course because they have many boats available on which to practice.
I am a graduate of Chapman's Course "Conducting and Reporting the Marine Damage Survey."
I am an Accredited Marine Surveyor (AMS) with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). I have been an active member of SAMS since graduation from Chapman's and have been conducting surveys since 2009.
I am a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). I am also a Certified ABYC Standards Technician.