In 1998 he graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Coastal and Marine Policy. He currently holds an Unlimited Master of Towing Vessels, 200 Ton Master, STCW 1995 Certification, Unlimited Tonnage Able-Seaman certification, and a 200-Ton Yachtmaster Certification with commercial endorsement. Capt. Dresser has experience on New York tugs moving petroleum products throughout the East Coast and Hudson River, and has successfully sailed across the Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan Pass, Bermuda, and Caribbean Sea. A Safe/Sea Captain for 14 years, Capt. Dresser has been in charge of more than 2,500 small vessel rescue operations and is still an active Senior Captain and Salvage Master for Safe/Sea.