Originally from Morristown, NJ, there was a minimum of sailing in Dans younger years. After graduating from Warren Wilson College in the mountains of North Carolina, Dan joined his first large sailing ship, Spirit of Massachusetts, and willfully became stuck sailing traditionally rigged sailing ships. Focusing on ships conducting various styles of education programs, Dan has been able to explore much of the North Atlantic as well as points around Europe and the West Coast. Dans interest in education under sail led him to pursue a Masters Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University. Dan currently holds a USCG 100ton Masters and the unofficial title of official ships banjo player.