Captain Dan Short
Owner & Captain
Captain Dan grew up in NW Indiana where he always enjoyed any activity related to the water on Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and the dozens of lakes in the Midwest area. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, earning a combat action ribbon while deployed to the Middle East with 2d Recon Battalion. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Dan attended the Ocean Corporation in Houston, TX for his Commercial Diver Certificate, before working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico for 3 and a half years. After a sailing trip in the Florida Keys, where he fell in love with all things Florida, Dan went home and transferred graduate schools so he could immediately move to SW Florida. Having worked for several outstanding local charter companies, he decided to open Tropical Penguin Charters with a focus on sailing. Captain Dan is a graduate of Purdue University and a professional educator, currently teaching 3rd grade at a local elementary school, whose enthusiasm for sharing the wonders and experiences of SW Florida never wanes.