Dresser Marine LLC Welcomes a new Director of Operations


Captain Kit Van Wagner adds experience and reach to the growing business

Middletown, RI –  Dresser Marine, the parent company of Confident Captain and the Professional Captain’s Association, is pleased to announce the addition of Captain Kit van Wagner to their team of maritime specialists. In her role as Director of Operations, Kit will steer the companies’ day-to-day business, recruit new talent, drive the creation of innovative partnerships, and continue to advance their successful professional development programs. Van Wagner is also charged with growing Dresser Marine’s newest endeavors in safety consultancy and workboat fleet activities.

Van Wagner joins Dresser Marine with an extensive and varied seafaring career. In her mid-twenties, she earned a 100GT USCG Captain’s license and a Master’s degree in Marine Science Education. Her interests in coastal conservation and public education took her from working aboard tall ships, to diving offshore coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, and aboard international expedition vessels. Van Wagner settled in Rhode Island in 2006 when she switched gears for a full-time position with NOAA based on Prudence Island with the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve. 

In 2011, Van Wagner went back to sea on expedition vessels and over the years provided essential support in small boat and expedition operations including writing standard operating procedures, generating safety protocols, permitting for visits to remote polar locations, destination scouting, itinerary design, marketing, sales, and product development. She brings extensive experience from her previous role as Director of Expedition Training and Professional Development working as a field staff recruiter and trainer. She also created professional development opportunities, learning management systems, and hands-on leadership programs for expedition team members and small boat captains.

In 2020, as training and adult learning migrated to the online realm in response to the COVID pandemic, Van Wagner enrolled in an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program studying Instructional Technology and Instructional Design with the University of Maine. She enjoys the challenges involved in translating and teaching complex content using the latest in technological tools and groundbreaking research for adult learners.

Kent Dresser, owner of  Dresser Marine, states: “As we continue to grow and adapt to the needs of professional mariners by launching  new initiatives, Kit’s skills and experience are a valuable asset and we look forward to many years of progress and productivity together.”

About Dresser Marine
Dresser Marine, LLC was founded in 2003 by Captain Kent Dresser, and is the parent company of ‘Confident Captain’ and the ‘Professional Captain’s Association.’ Together these three entities offer customized marine logistics with landing craft services throughout the Northeast US, nation-wide professional development opportunities, maritime trade advocacy, and worldwide consultation for safe vessel operations in the private and public sectors. To date, more than 3,500 professional mariners have received training from Confident Captain including USCG Licencing Courses and internationally recognized Royal Yacht Association certifications. The Professional Captain’s Association is a first-of-its-kind trade organization for US-based captains of vessels under 200GT. Its mission is to tirelessly advance the interests of these captains through professional development, advocacy, and industry collaborations. For more information, please visit procaptains.org and confidentcaptain.com.

Follow up contact: info@dressermarine.com