Brad Schoenwald Bio
Originally from Spokane, Washington Brad Schoenwald is a lifelong boater who grew up running family boats on the lakes of Northern Idaho. Retiring from the U. S. Coast Guard but not from working, in 2007 after serving over 20 years, his assignments took him about as far as the Coast Guard could send him Brad, served aboard USCG Cutter Elderberry - Petersburg, Alaska, USCG Station Chetco River-Harbor Oregon, USCG Station St. Clair Shores-St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USCG Cutter Galveston Island-Apra Harbor Guam, Marine Safety Office San Juan-San Juan Puerto Rico, and most recently USCG Sector Miami, Prevention Operations-Miami Beach, Florida. Command positions include Executive Officer, USCG Cutter Point Bridge, Marina, Del Rey, California and Officer In Charge, USCG Station San Juan. In addition to his operational background Brad has an extensive background in instructional Technologies and Human Performance Technologies. The depth of this training and education resulted in Special Recognition for Inspirational Leadership at the Chief Petty Officer Academy in New London Connecticut. Brad writes for a variety of boating magazines and is frequently requested to speak during boating safely and human performance technologies conferences.
An experienced professional mariner Brad is Deck Watch Officer qualified, a National Motor Life Boat School and Coxswain “C” school graduate and maintains a 100 Ton Masters license. In additional to working with the Performance Boat School Brad is also on staff at the USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise, where cruise ship inspectors from around the world are trained on complex systems, crew proficiency and performance as well as all the regulations governing the Cruise Industry.
Brad is a performance boat enthusiast and is often found riding his Twin Step Top Gun all over the U.S.
The most important aspect of operating any watercraft is how well the human performs. The traditionalist in the industry is completely focused on the boats performance rather than the operator. Speed never causes an incident; it merely dictates the severity of consequence. Humans can fail at slow speed and get away with it; the same failure at higher speeds will of course result in a much different outcome.
We offer the only training program that provides the proper skill competencies and then verifies each student attains a prescribed minimum level of proficiency before being awarded a completion certificate.