Captain David (Duke) Snider

Captain Snider, an experienced ice navigator from Canada with 30 years in naval, commercial and Canadian Coast Guard shipping, joined The Nautical Institute in 1989 while studying for his Watchkeeping Mate’s certificate of competency. He received his Master Mariner certificate of competency in 1997 and is a member of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada.

Duke was a founder member of the British Columbia Branch and was awarded Fellowship in recognition of his long seagoing career and dedication to improving standards at sea. He has long been a director of The Nautical Institute’s British Columbia Branch and has been an active and enthusiastic member of Council. He was elected Senior Vice-President at the 2014 AGM and President at the 2016 AGM.

Captain Snider holds a holds a Bachelor of Marine Studies degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has been recommended as an Ice Advisor by the Shipping Federation of Canada. As author of Polar Ship Operations, Duke expects to see the start of the Institute’s Ice Navigator Training Accreditation and Certification schemes, which complement the IMO Polar Code Polar Waters Training programmes during his time as President.