Any school is only as good as it's instructors
and staff. Good instructors help insure good results. And in
this regard, Sea Tech Marine Training is
very proud to be affiliated with the following individuals who
comprise our veteran teaching staff.
Some of our instructors are professional
educators by vocation. Some of our instructors have long
standing business interests in the boating industry. All of
our instructors are seasoned mariners with many years of
seagoing experience. Each brings his enthusiasm, dedication,
and commitment to the classroom to help produce the best
possible outcome for each student to the best of their
Dennis R. Daniels
Daniels holds a USCG license at the Master's level and has
been involved in professional maritime training since 1984.
After spending five years with Houston Marine Training, he
started Sea Tech Marine Training to service the professional
training needs of those living in the Eastern Great Lakes.
Since 1984, Captain Daniels has personally helped over 3,000
students obtain their USCG license.
In addition, he is a life member of the United
States Power Squadrons where since 1977 he has taught a
variety of courses. In 2002, Captain Daniels won the coveted
Charles F. Chapman award for excellence in teaching excellence
Dennis is a past president of Marine Education
Standards and has served as Director of Marine Operations for
Corn Hill Navigation.
Dennis has worked for Schooner Excursions aboard a 1926 John Alden designed Malabar Schooner, True Love and most recently served as Master aboard the C/V Screamer, a high speed thrill boat on Oneida Lake in upstate New York..
Captain Bruce C.
Captain Bruce is also a New
York State certified instructor and is currently teaching
Physics at a Buffalo Middle School. Captain Bruce has been
with Sea Tech since 1987. For many years, Bruce taught
Celestial Navigation for the United States Power Squadrons and
was well known in the Buffalo area for winning numerous on
water navigation contests.
Captain Ray has been with
Sea Tech since 1987. A New York Certified Teacher, he has over
30 years experience teaching in the Buffalo school system.
Also a member of the United States Power Squadrons, he has
taught numerous Squadron courses for many years. Captain Ray,
who is a power boater, has a 32' Carver.
Captain Rich joined our instruction team in 2002 and holds a USCG 100 Ton Near Coastal Master's license with Sailing and Assistance Towing endorsements.
He has sailed, raced, and taught sailing in Erie, Pennsylvania, since a teen, and has sailed extensively in Hawaiian waters while living on Maui with his wife and son for 11 years. He is a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor and a NAUI Scuba Diver.
Rich is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC), on Erie's waterfront, www.bayfrontcenter.org . BMC’s mission is: to design and implement hands-on maritime themed educational, vocational, and recreation opportunities for the community in a universally accessible waterfront facility. BMC uses boatbuilding, sailing, navigation, and environmental science projects, aligned with Department of Education Standards and STEM Principles, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to reach kids. Rich has built 89 boats and sailed with over 14,000 students, 5th- 12th grade, since starting BMC in 1998.
Steve is an avid cruising
boater. He and his wife actively cruise Lake Ontario through
the summer months.
Steve is a very involved member of the United
States Power Squadrons, holding the coveted distinction of
being a Senior Navigator.
He serves the organization in numerous
capacities and has served as a Squadron Commander.
Steve teaches a number of courses at the
Squadron level and has served as Education Officer at the
Steve is a USCG licensed Master with a towing
endorsement and is the area manager for Sea Tech Marine
Training in the eastern and central portion of New York
Captain Charlie owns
Obersheimer Sailor Supply in Buffalo, New York and is
considered the local garu for sailing and racing. He holds a
USCG Master's License and has sailed extensively offshore. He
has been with Sea Tech since 2002.
Ellen Sease has a long and impressive background in the maritime field. A Navy veteran, Ellen served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Vulcan, AR 57. In addition she has served as Captain, Deckhand, and Mechanic on the Port City Princess, a 100 Ton tour boat that runs out of Muskegan, Michigan.,
Ellen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State Universityand when not teaching USCG licensing Courses, or running the Port City Princess spends time as a substitute teacher.
Ellen holds a Master’s license in the 200 Ton class and has been teaching Sea Tech courses now for three years. An avid boater, she spends her off duty time sailing her boat on Lake Michigan.
Chris is an avid sailor
who has a reputation for having the most "Bristol" boat on
Lake Ontario. He and his wife actively cruise Lake Ontario
through the summer months.
When not working on his boat, Chris is a very
involved member of the United States Power Squadrons, holding
the coveted distinction of being a Senior Navigator.
He serves the organization in numerous
capacities and has served at both the District and National
levels. He has also been a Squadron and District
Chris teaches a number of courses at the
Squadron level and has served as Education Officer at both the
Squadron and District levels. At the National level he
assisted in the development of new courses.
Chris is a USCG licensed Master with towing
and sail endorsements and is the area manager for Sea Tech in
the eastern and central portion of New York.
Captain Guy and his family
own Tibbels Marina and Charter Boat Service in Marblehead,
Ohio. Guy has over 25 years of charter boat experience and is
also is a certified High School teacher in Ohio. Guy heads up
the Marblehead office for Sea Tech and has been with the
company for the past five years.
Captain Paul Van
Captain Paul works at
Obersheimer's Sailor Supply in Buffalo, New York, where he is
their electronic instrument and outboard motor repairman. An
electronics engineer and marine cabinet maker, he holds a USCG
Master's License with both Sailing and Towing
He has over 40 years of Great Lakes sailing
and racing experience and has sailed offshore. He and his wife
frequently cruise Lake Ontario, the Bay of Quinte, and the
Captain Philip Sullivan
Captain Sullivan holds a 100Ton Master’s License for Near Coastal Waters with Sail and Towing Assistance endorsements. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served on 4 different Coast Guard Cutters in various capacities during his 30 years in the Coast Guard before retiring at the rank of Captain in 2007. In addition to his Coast Guard experience, he brings a lifetime of boating experience and is presently an avid sailor and power boater in Buffalo, NY.