Captain Robert.

The ocean is my passion. From the first time I put on a mask and saw fish in the water, I was hooked. After earning a degree in Marine Biology, I went on to become a licensed USCG captain, and PADI Diving Instructor. In search of gainful employment and adventure I lived in the USVI for five years, spent a year in Indonesia, and then moved to Mexico to work for Pemex offshore for four years. My last 29 years have been spent in South Florida, with eleven years being spent at Florida Atlantic University's Department of Ocean Engineering, as the Marine Operations Manager and as an Adjunct Professor for Scientific Diving. I then began working at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute where I was involved in a South Pacific cruise, in search of Amelia Earhart's airplane. Later, I worked for an oil spill company and was involved in the BP spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico. Several years ago, I spend two months in the Arctic Ocean working on a seismic survey near Prudhoe Bay. I am currently working with the Port Everglades Pilots Association. Spanish is my second language. I am always up for a good adventure! Give me a call and let me know how I may be able to enhance your boating experience. Cheers, Capt. Bob Read More

The ocean is my passion. From the first time I put on a mask and saw fish in the water, I was hooked. After earning a degree in Marine Biology, I went on to become a licensed USCG captain, and PADI Diving Instructor. In search of gainful employment and adventure I lived in the USVI for five years, spent a year in Indonesia, and then moved to Mexico to work for Pemex offshore for four years. My last 29 years have been spent in South Florida, with eleven years being spent at Florida Atlantic University's Department of Ocean Engineering, as the Marine Operations Manager and as an Adjunct Professor for Scientific Diving. I then began working at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute where I was involved in a South Pacific cruise, in search of Amelia Earhart's airplane. Later, I worked for an oil spill company and was involved in the BP spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico. Several years ago, I spend two months in the Arctic Ocean working on a seismic survey near Prudhoe Bay. I am currently working with the Port Everglades Pilots Association. Spanish is my second language. I am always up for a good adventure! Give me a call and let me know how I may be able to enhance your boating experience. Cheers, Capt. Bob

Previous Experience

My boating goes back a long way. I was on the College of Charleston Sailing team, while performing research on shrimp boats off the Carolina Coast. After College I moved to the US Virgin Islands where I worked on sailboats, yachts, research boats, and inter-island cargo boats. I also performed a number of deliveries between the US mainland and the Easter Caribbean. In Indonesia and Mexico I worked for oil companies operating crew boats and towing supply boats. I picked up Spanish and some Maylay along the way. In South Florida, I operated yachts, dinner cruise boats, research vessels, and commercial dive boats. I also worked on an oil spill cleanup ship, which collected over 2,000,000 gallons of oily water during the BP spill. In Alaska I operated a 78’ seismic gun boat, in the Arctic, that had jet drives. The 210’ Seward Johnson, operated by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, was an extended cruise from Ft. Pierce Florida, through the Panama Canal, to Samoa, then to Howland Island. After a number of months of searching for Emilia Earhart’s airplane, I returned back to Ft. Pierce from Samoa, again through the Panama Canal. With a strong diving background , I have operated numerous commercial dive boats in South Florida. There is something about the ocean I really love.

Professional Background

I have been a licensed mariner since 1980, and currently hold a USCG 1600 ton Master Upon Oceans license. My degree is in Marine Biology. I have a non active PADI Open Water Instructor Certification, and American Academy of Underwater Sciences Diving Safety Officer accreditation. I have the current STCW endorsements: II/1; II/2; II/4; II/5; IV/2; VI/1; VI/2; VI/3; VI/4; VI/5; VI/6. I am certified as “Officer in charge of a navigational watch” (OICNW), Able Bodied Seafarer Unlimited, rated (RFPNW), Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats. Proficient in providing medical First Aid. Advanced Fire Fighting. Basic Safety Training, GMDSS Operator, Vessel Security Officer, Lifeboatman, Wiper. I have a State of Florida Class D & G Security License, as well as a Florida Class C CDL.

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