Instructor Bios

Meet our Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron Instructors

Chris Brown
Advanced Piloting

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Chris joined USPS in 1974 basically to learn celestial navigation. He started teaching Squadron classes in 1975, and over the years has taught various courses. He today brings extensive real-world experience and deep insight to his classes. His significant boating experience includes cruising and racing small […]

Read the full biography ?


Lonnie Butler
ABC Instructor

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

In 2002, after taking the Squadron Boating Course in and buying a boat, Lonnie attended the subsequent classes as a and felt he would like to try teaching sections of the ABC course. “I found real gratification,” he says, “in seeing people’s eyes light up when they’d hit on something they didn’t know.” So for […]

Read the full biography ?

Allen Cole
Paddle Smart, ABC Class (all day)

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

For Allen, boating is a tremendous activity for the individual and for the family. However, he feels strongly that safety is key: “boating safely requires training and a patient attention to detail. An avid sailor, he has also been an active kayaker for nine years. “I paddle my 9.5-foot Perception kayak on […]

Read the full biography ?


Robert Cooper
Marine Communications Systems

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Robert Cooper is a lifetime boater with over 40 years of boating experience. Raised in a navy family, Robert has lived and boated on both the East and West coasts of the US, as well as in Hawaii. A member of Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron since 2002, Bob recently took a more “active” role in squadron events. […]

Read the full biography ?

Dennis Doractcague
ABC Instructor

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Dennis’ boating career started in 1997 with the eight-week Public Boating course taught by the Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron. Over the past 13 years, he has completed all the courses offered by USPS, including the two levels of on the water training, Inland and Coastal Navigator. He has held several key […]

Read the full biography ?


Bruce Gardiner
ABC – 3rd Edition Co-Chair

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Bruce Gardiner began his boating as a kid in Rhode Island. For the past 50 years, his family has had a cabin on Hood Canal, but their biggest boat was a row boat powered by a 4 horsepower outboard. In 2008, his wife KK asked “why don’t we get a boat?” Bruce explains, “when your wife says that, of course you make […]

Read the full biography ?

KK Gardiner
ABC – 3rd Edition Co-Chair

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

KK, along with her husband oversee the operation and processes for the Bellevue Squadron’s in-class education program. Growing up in landlocked northeastern Montana, KK arrived in the Pacific Northwest with limited boating experience. So prior to purchasing a boat in 2008, KK and her husband took the BSPS […]

Read the full biography ?


Dave Greene
Navigation, Seminars, B.O.C

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Dave Green is the Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron’s go-to instructor. After a 40-year career as a structural engineer, Dave decided he would like to teach. As a result of taking the Public Boating class a decade ago, the instructors whetted Dave’s appetite to learn more. He explains it this way: “BSPS leaders […]

Read the full biography ?

Ray Huggins
Marine Electronics, Seminars

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Dr. Huggins has been a member of the US Power Squadron since 1982, and has taught classes since 1991. He explains that he enjoys teaching for two reasons. “First,” he says, “it is an opportunity to get to know other Power Squadron members, and second, I always learn something new each time I teach a class.” […]

Read the full biography ?


Eileen Huggins
Cruise Planning

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

Eileen has been a member of the US Power Squadrons since 1989. She teaches the BSPS Cruise Planning course, and the Anchoring Seminar. “Teaching is in my blood,” she says. “I was a teacher in a former life and enjoy meeting new people, along with helping them to plan better cruises.” She and her husband own […]

Read the full biography ?

Harry Johnson
Piloting, ABC Class

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/2011/08/16/harry-johnson/

Harry began teaching Advanced Piloting in 2008. He is a life-long boater, and was first exposed to boating on the Jersey Shore when he was a small boy of six. He brings his formidable knowledge and deep skippering skill into all his Squadron classes. Harry’s boating philosophy is: “know your boat; know its […]

Read the full biography ?


Capt Jim O’sullivan
Licensed 500 Ton Ocean Master

Thumbnail image for From The Commander <br /> Cdr. Vern Redecker, JN

I think my middle name is H2O or Aqua. Above the water I am a Commercially Licensed Sea Plane Captain, below the water I am a Certified SCUBA diver, and on the water I am a USCG Licensed 500 Ton Ocean Master. I love the water, the freedom, the spectacular beauty, the challenge, the whales and all that […]

Read the full biography ?

Dennis Kinch
Seamanship

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/2011/08/19/dennis-kinch/

In 1985, Dennis began boating in Puget Sound. Looking back to that time, he says he had very little training, and relied on his boating partners for the mariner skills he needed on the water. He tells the story this way: “It soon became apparent that I needed solid training to keep my family and myself safe and […]

Read the full biography ?


Lance Jensen
Advanced Piloting

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/2011/08/19/lance-jensen/

Lance has been involved with the US Power Squadron for over 40 years, and is one of the Bellevue Squadron’s most broadly experienced instructors. Besides many years of runabout camping in the San Juan Islands, he and his wife have chartered many boats here on local Washington waters, as well as on the canals […]

Read the full biography ?

Dave Mowrer, A/P
Instructor, Sail & America’s Boating Class, 3rd Ed

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/2011/08/19/dave-mowrer/

Dave Mowrer is the instructor for the squadron’s SAIL class and also teaches the Navigation Rules class for the ABC course. He first learned to sail in the early 1970s and was very soon teaching sailing. He has been the lead instructor for the Neptune Sailing Club in Kirkland, and since 1982 has supervised the […]

Read the full biography ?


Vern Redecker
Weather

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/2011/08/19/vern-redecker/

Vern brings deep experience to the Squadron’s Weather and Marine Electronics courses. He learned to sail in college, and bought a sailboat in 1986. He has been teaching the Weather class for almost 15 years. He jokes that initially his qualification for teaching weather was “that I had passed the course. But […]

Read the full biography ?