Holding a USCG Captains License, Dan Dion is the captain of the R/V Weatherbird II and is originally from Southern California. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, Dan started his maritime career managing a marine laboratory for UCSB’s Marine Science Institute where he frequently went on oceanographic expeditions aboard research vessels. Dan’s illustrious career has taken him on National Geographic expeditions and in the famous deep sea submersible, the DSV Alvin. Captain Dion lives in St. Petersburg and joined FIO’s crew in 2017. When not at sea, Dan enjoys surfing and scuba diving.