Confident Captain/Ocean Pros ranks among the best when it comes to providing training, instruction, education and consultation for mariners of all skill levels worldwide. Our instructors come from a variety of maritime backgrounds and are respected professionals who work diligently to ensure that their students receive quality training. The real world experience possessed by our instructors will translate into the best learning experience for our students and more success for them throughout their tenure as a Captain!
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344 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02840
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Captain Kent Dresser
"Captain Kent" was born and raised on Narragansett Bay, where he first cut his teeth in boating as a dispatcher and deckhand for Safe/Sea at the age of 14.
At 18 years old, he became one of the youngest licensed captains in the United States and went on from there to enjoy a 28-year relationship with Safe/Sea, working through Hurricanes Bob, Edward, and Sandy, salvaging the iconic NY-30 S/V Amorita, and singlehandedly assisting more than 2,500 boats. He still serves as a mentor to staff captains there.
After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Marine Affairs in 1998, he began working his way “up the hawsepipe” for the Reinauer tug company in New York City. He worked as Able-Seaman and Bosun aboard the Zachery Reinauer in addition to covering multiple tugs as a relief crew before his entrepreneurial drive shifted his focus from New York Harbor tugs back to Narragansett Bay.
In 2003 he founded Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, successfully fulfilling a training gap for professional mariners and recreational boaters. To date, he has trained more than 3,000 professional mariners.Kent's notable accomplishments at Confident Captain include:- Launched first Royal Yachting Association program in the Northeast- Developed nationwide Risk Management Training program and platform for the Committee for Professional Offshore Rescue Towers (Now C-PORT).- Produced and implemented small-boat training for US Army Special Forces.- Co-developed robust web-based course of instruction for professional captains- Launched licensing program for boater trainers to become ambassadors to the sport of boating while earning extra income.
Some of Kent’s training presentations include:
- "The Deadly Dangers of Distraction for Small Vessel Operators" - 2012
- "The Four Critical Components of Solo Operation” - 2014
- “The Illusion of Certainty” - 2016
- “How to Make a Bad Decision” - 2017
In April of 2012, the board of Clean The Bay, Inc. (Clean Bays) engaged Kent as Executive Director to manage the company parallel to Confident Captain. He quickly took the opportunity and pledged to help make Narragansett Bay “one of the Cleanest Shorelines in America.”Since taking the helm at Clean Bays, Kent has overseen funding and removal of more than 500 tons of heavy debris from the Rhode Island shoreline.
Kent's notable accomplishments for Clean Bays include:- Cooperative research and development of a remote-operated submersible chainsaw for piling removal while keeping crews safe and eliminating the need for divers.- Removal of 180 tons of debris following Superstorm Sandy- Removal of over 200 tons of debris on the East Providence shoreline- Recipient of the 2011 Rhode Island Attorney General’s Justice Award- 2015 Resolution of Commendation from the Town of Charlestown, RI
After purchasing and rehabilitating their first home in downtown Newport, RI, Kent, and his wife now live in Saunderstown, RI with their two young boys.When he is not working, he enjoys boating and sailing on either of his two family boats, skiing, powerlifting (where he added 100 pounds to his deadlift in 2017), and martial arts. Kent is a First Degree Black Belt in Oki Ryu Kenpo Karate, an active participant in the Michael Hyatt “Leaderbox Program,” and has his sites set on an AltMBA in 2019.
Captain Zach Rollins
Capt. Zachariah (Zach) Rollins learned to swim before he could walk and before long he was out on Narragansett Bay exploring the unique estuaries and coastal ponds that he now calls home. Life on the water encouraged him to pursue his B.A. in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, where he expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. While undertaking his studies, he simultaneously pursued his captain's captain's license obtaining the certification in the winter of 2018.
When Capt. Zach is not working on the water, he spends his time on his personal vessel often fishing and cruising the coastline. He is also an avid hiker and has done several back-country backpacking trips out West and along the East Coast.
Passionate about the ocean, in all aspects, Capt. Zachariah hopes to spread awareness and inspire young mariners like himself to enjoy boating, just as he did during his younger years. As an aspiring entrepreneur, his goal is to own his own company at some point, but right now he is glad to be a part of Confident Captain / Ocean Pros surrounded by experienced and like-minded individuals with the passion for growing and enhancing boating culture.
Captain Tony Bessinger
Tony has been an instructor for Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, teaching professional and amateur skippers 100-Ton, OUPV, AB Seaman and STCW courses for over seven years. In addition to being an instructor for CC/OP, Tony is employed as a captain for Rhode Island Fast Ferry/Atlantic Wind Transfers, where he has been working since 2012. He holds a 100-Ton USCG Near Coastal Master's License, with endorsements for Auxiliary Sail, Commercial Tow, and Radar Observer Unlimited, and is a US Powerboating-certified instructor.
In addition to his experience in the commercial maritime sector, Tony was for many years an offshore delivery captain and a professional and amateur sailboat racer, both as crew and navigator.
Captain Pete Alarie
Capt. Peter Alarie took his first sailing lesson in 1979, an early beginning to a long career on the water. Sailing and racing at the highest levels for nearly 30 years, Capt. Alarie has won numerous national and international championships in a wide variety of sailing craft. He also has extensive time operating power vessels of all sizes, holds a USCG 50 Ton Master's license for Motor or Sailing Vessels, a 200 Ton Yachtmaster Certification with commercial endorsement, and has 25 years experience with on the water instruction.
Capt. Alarie is a well-traveled mariner, with time logged up and down both coasts of the USA, European and Mediterranean waters, as well as Bermuda, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Capt. Alarie is currently a professional sailor working around the globe, as well as a local, licensed fishing guide and budding outdoor photographer.
Captain Andy Hammond
Capt. Andy Hammond was the Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Regional Examination Center (REC) in Boston from 1998 until September 2006. During these crucial transitional years, REC Boston was one of the most efficient and mariner-friendly RECs in the nation. Andy's background in the US Merchant Marine and current position as the executive director of the Boston Harbor Pilot Association make him an excellent instructor with lots of firsthand knowledge.
Kate Wilson is a designer, educator, media specialist, and technology enthusiast with a passion for learning, sailing, and helping others. With a wide range of skills in web development, graphic design, marketing, and communications, Kate brings a tool box of skills to her projects.
Kate has worked with professional sailing teams from Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Team Alvimedica, and Oracle Team USA to help with their marketing and communications needs.
A passionate sailor, Kate has coached the local high school teams for years and designed a summer program that focused on both sailing and environmental education for elementary and middle school students earning her RIMTA’s Boater of the Year 2016.
She has an undergraduate degree in architecture and mathematics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University. When not helping companies, she can be found with her fiance and their dog, Scruffy cruising onboard their C&C 24 in the New England waters. (Follow their adventures at PersistenceAdventures.com .)