Throughout his life Peter Damisch has pursued many passions, with a special emphasis on the search for knowledge and a joy of sharing that information in an environment which promotes safety, fun and learning. Polar, temperate and tropical regions are all of interest with hundreds of awe inspiring trips focused on developing close, personal interactions while learning more about the unusual history, intriguing people and cultural traditions of each exciting location.
Peter has written a number of books, articles or presentations on topics such as learning to sail, maritime history, weather systems and celestial navigation as well as his authorship of a comprehensive Polar history which spans centuries of time from the formation of the Region through the Heroic Age of Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott. He has sailed with and become personal friends with many children of great, ‘Golden Age’ Explorers, which has allowed him to further add to his extensive collection of personal stories, thereby providing a unique individual insight into the human tapestry of history.
Over 40 years, Peter has traveled globally, including more than 1 million kilometers at sea and 50 polar expeditions onboard many vessels, such as the Silver Explorer, Prince Albert II and Captain Cook’s Endeavour Replica. He has served as a world-wide Expedition Leader who has enjoyed the privilege of working with individuals from over 70 countries, spanning all 7 continents. Peter is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain, including 12 years of enjoyment as Managing Director, Bluewater Sailing. His work has been seen in multiple media, including NBC’s Today Show, BBC, CBS, Channel 4 UK, Discovery Channel, HBO, MTV and The Learning Channel. In addition, he was the world’s first multi-national Sailing Instructor- Examiner for the American Sailing Association and International Yacht Training organizations.
Peter holds multiple graduate degrees and is particularly well known across the globe for his many educational and humorous presentations on a variety of historical and nautical topics, as well as his continuing pursuit into the heart of travel enrichment with his wife whom he met while in the Antarctic.