about captain mark

To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there? --Walt Whitman

Captain Mark on his VHF radioCaptain Mark is a Merchant Mariner Credentialed U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain, approved to take any boat up to 100 gross tons out 100 nautical miles (115 miles) from our coast.  The H2O Captain boat has been examined by the U. S. Coast Guard and shows their Annual Decal on the boat as proof, along with our National Park Service Decal on our windshield.  Our Captain is available for charters 6 days per week,  March through January!

Captain Mark serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Homeland Security, as the Immediate Past Flotilla Commander.  The waters that he cruises in is in his area of responsibility. In addition, he is a USCG Aux Certified Instructor as well as a Certified Vessel Examiner for recreational vessels up to 65 feet,

Additionally, Captain Mark has taught sailing on Long Island Sound, NY and in the State of Vermont, has participated in many regattas, and is also an expert whitewater kayaker where he has boated from Canada to Chile, with two first descents to his name, and from the Atlantic Ocean to The Grand Canyon.

Captain Mark with Lucky the dogKnowledge Base:
• USCG courses including Leadership Administrative Procedures, Vessel Safety, Suicide Prevention, Security Fundamentals, DHS Privacy, Sexual Harassment & Assault, Civil Rights Awareness, Ethics, Influenza Training, Risk Management, and Bloodborne Pathogens
• USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Commander Leadership Academy, graduate, 2020

• FEMA mandated courses including Intro to the Incident Command System and Intro to National Incident Management System
• Advanced Piloting, United States Power Squadrons.
• Piloting, United States Power Squadrons
• Seamanship, United States Power Squadrons
• Personal Watercraft Training, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators / U.S. Coast Guard
• American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Program
• Over 435 days underway in the past 6 years with over 120 of them in the ocean!

Captain Mark instructs the About Boating Safely Course which leads to a Boater Safety Card recognized by all State Law Enforcement Agencies (both in-state and out of state)

Furthermore, Captain Mark holds a TWIC card for workers who require unrestricted access to secure areas of the nation's maritime harbors, facilities, and vessels.

Lastly, Captain Mark is the Chief Entertainment Officer at the nationwide Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, a published author, speaker, as well as a Life Master Bridge Player where he was part of the winning 2017 North American Bridge Tournament Compact Stratified Knockout North American Champion Team!

Photos by Dave Tolley

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Captain's Log

Captain's Logbook - 11. 21. 2020


H2O Captain is authorized by the National Park Service to have both boat and land excursions to The Cape Lookout National Seashore which includes seeing the wild horses on Shackleford Banks, our most popular excursion.  Captain Mark looks forward to serving you in 2021.  Last year we spent 77 days out on the water!  Fun, safe, and educational times for all!

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