Dirk is a native of Illinois and has been working and sailing for Great Lakes Sailing consistently since 1996. Dirk started his maritime career in 1986 when he joined the Navy working as a Boiler Technician onboard the USS Trenton; a ship which was “Haze Grey & Underway” most of the time. From there he worked on the President Riverboat Casino in Davenport, Iowa as a deckhand. He moved to Traverse City after graduating from college, and sailed for the Tall Ship Company aboard the Malabar. He attained his Captains license in 2000, and has been an active ASA sailing instructor & captain for GLSCo ever since. Most important lesson he teaches; “Underway Safety and safe harbor handling techniques. Dirk also has a passion for “The Blues” and is a talented musician who attends Bluesfests all over the country.