Peter W. Damisch

Profile Updated: May 7, 2021
Residing In: Tampa, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Lesley F. Damisch
Homepage: www.bluewatersailing.com
Occupation: World Explorer, Professional Guide, Featured Speaker, Historian, Master Mariner / Captain, General Naturalist, Mentor, Polar Bear Guard, Cartographer
Military Service: U.S. Navy  
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Expedition Leader, Professional Expedition Guide, International Team Member
& Featured Speaker

World Wide: 100+ polar and 150+ tropical / desert / temperate expeditions in
remote locations spanning 195+ countries & territories plus waters adjacent
to 54 additional nations.

1.8+ Million Kilometers at Sea over 7,494 Days.
Multiple transits of all Oceans and most Seas.
Master / Captain of 200+ sail or motor vessels.

Sea Circumnavigator: Earth, Equatorial; Africa; N. & S. America; Eurasia;
British Isles; Japan; Madagascar; Svalbard;
Arctic Ocean / North Pole via Northeast & Northwest Passages

Multiple Transits: Equator, Arctic Circle, Prime Meridian, Cape of Good Hope,
Cape Horn, Antarctic Circle, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, Kiel Canal

Co-Discoverer and first landing on ‘Rio Island’, Yukon Territory, Canada
plus build runway to escape iceberg blockage

Trapped ashore at Pitcairn Island & Antarctica, including overnight, plus direct
rescue after solo climb up Antarctic Island

Hospital Assistant on ship with multiple casualties after broken bridge window
during Southern Ocean typhoon

First Non Russian Landing at Russkaya Gavan, Novaya Zemlya since 1920's

Ship’s Master in National Crew Overboard Testing & Recovery Program

First ever tourism ship visits to multiple locations, including villages in
Bangladesh, Madagascar & Arctic Tuktoyaktuk

Swim North of 82o 24' N and South of Antarctic Circle

Circumnavigate Arctic Ocean / North Pole in Russia & Canada
during worst ice conditions in 12 years, average Lat. 74o+ N

18th Century Square Rigged Sailor, including Tasman Sea Winter crossing from
New Zealand to Australia 152' vessel in Typhoon

Extensive desert experience including Oman, Namib & Atacama

Conduct memorial services around World

Zodiac operations alongside oceanic lava flows & lead hikes up to and across
crater rims of erupting volcanoes

Rescue personnel off remote Indian Ocean island coral beach by zodiac in high
surf and winds over 70 knots

Work with multiple species incl. penguins, polar bears, orang-utans, lemurs,
komodo dragons, tigers, camels, elephants

Worked with more than 100 Corporations on nautical team building & employee
/ customer development

Author: 27,500 + page comprehensive history of the Antarctic, containing an extensive chronological time - line with multiple appendices

First Wedding in History: Shackleton’s Grave Site, Whaler’s Cemetery,
Grytviken, South Georgia Island, Antarctic

U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License with Sail, Steam, Motor, Tow &
STCW Endorsements

World's First International Yacht Training Examiner and American Sailing
Association Instructor Evaluator

Personal friends with children of 1914 - 1916 Shackleton Endurance Personnel

1995 - Current: Expedition Leader or International Team Member ( full time )
1977 - 1995: Expedition Voyaging, World Wide ( part time )

2012 - Present: Co-Owner and General Manager, Grytviken LLC

1999 - 2010: Co-Owner, Managing Director, Senior Instructor & Mentor,
Bluewater Sailing, a Division of Compass Rose, Inc.
Established 1st ASA & IYT certified teaching facility in world for students & instructors as well as ‘Gold Star’ School
• Bareboat Rentals • Skippered & Business Yacht Charters
• International Expeditions • Movie & TV support
• Led 27 year Comp. to 8X growth • Reject 40X buyout offers /
sold to employees • Associate University Professor

Television, including:
NBC’s “Today Show” KTLA: “Morning Show”
BBC: “Jet Set" CBS: “Big Brother”, “Dr. Phil”,
Comcast: “Date a Model” Cox Cable: “Dating on Demand”
Discovery Channel: “Fitness Fantasy: Sailing”
E! Entertainment: “Summer Style” Fox: “Mr. Personality”
HBO: “Strange First Date”
MTV: “Date My Mom”, “Parental Control”,
“The Osbournes”, “When Spicy Meets Sweet”
The Learning Channel ( TLC ): “Second Chance”
USA: “Character Fantasy Sailing” Warner Brothers: “Elimidate”
Channel 4 ( UK ): “Union Jack”

Films include: “One Life to Give”, “Walk the Talk”, “Under the Jacarandas”,
plus 100+ expedition films

Video Sinclair Institute: “Better Sex”

Script & Technical Consultant for Nautical
Movies, CBS “Jag”, A & E, FIT-TV and Sailing Books / Novels
Photo, Magazine & Model shoots ( boat, lighting, wind planning & shot management ); Distinction Magazine, Love Jetsy,
Playboy, Tango Magazine, Victoria’s Secret,

Feature Articles:
- New York Times, front page Style Section: “Vows” ( 2006 )
- New York Times, front page Style: "Marriage Built on Compromise ( 2021 )
- South Bay Daily Breeze: “The Great Escape”
- Santa Monica Observer: “Antarctic Romance”
- Shipmate Magazine: “From the Fleet to the Classroom”
- Irish Evening Herald: “California Travel”


1995 - 1999
Primary Instructor & Maintenance Supervisor
California Sailing Academy - Marina del Rey, CA

1996 - 1998
Vice-President, Compass Rose, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA
President & CEO Angeles Metal Systems, C.C.N.A. - Los Angeles, CA
President & CEO Golf One, Inc. - Santa Maria, CA

1994 - 1996
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Vice President & General Manager
Pearce Systems International, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

1991 - 1994
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Vice President & General Manager
Arrow Dynamics, Inc. - Clearfield, UT

1984 - 1989
Member, Board of Directors
Ideamatics Corporation - Washington D.C.

1982 - 1991
Program Director, General Manager, Program Manager,
Director of International Business Development,
Systems Engineering Manager, Manager Planning & Business Development
FMC Corporation: Naval Systems: MN Ground Systems: CA
Defense Systems International: CA

1971 - 2003
U.S. Navy Captain, Retired
1917 - 1980: Active Duty 1986 - 2003: Reserve Duty
Service Includes:
4 Tours as Commanding Officer &
2 Tours as Executive Officer

Awards Include: Legion of Merit,
Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
Navy Commendation Medal (s); National NRIC Junior Officer of the Year

Director, Joint Reserve Operations
Responsible for all Defense Intelligence Agency ( DIA ) Army, Navy, Air Force
and Marine Corps and liaison Coast Guard Reserve Intelligence personnel
located in 70% of United States West of the Mississippi River as well as
deployments for operations on a world-wide basis. Assumed command three
weeks after 9/11 attacks.

New Trier Campus Attended:

West

Jr. High Attended

Sunset Ridge

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