Captain Jonathan is from New London, Connecticut. Where he grew up listening to sea stories from his Submariner father. Enthralled with trips to the seaports of Mystic & Groton he decided to follow in his footsteps.
Becoming a certified Scuba Instructor in 2002 and later a U.S. Coast Guard Captain. He has spent his entire career working on the oceans of the world including Hawaii, Thailand, Palau, Philippines, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, U.S Virgin Islands, St Kitts, Saba, St. Martin, and Egypt.
Jonathan started his career with Aggressor in the Bahamas in January 2020, then came to his current posting on board the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II in March 2021
When not at sea he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, Cooking, camping, fishing, & traveling as much as possible.
My name is Joe Pearl, I grew up on the lakes of upstate New York. The water has always been a sanctuary for me. I started traveling after university and spent about eight years backpacking and adventuring. In 2014 while living in Australia I went on my first dive, a discovery scuba dive on the great barrier reef in the Whitsundays. That experience inspired me to start diving, little did I know it would be the start of my career on the water. I would go on to one of the diving capitals of the world, Koh Toa and complete my open water and advanced. I decided I want to become a dive master after that and a year later made my way to another diving mecca, Utlia. I laid the foundation for my dive career on the beautiful walls and swim throughs of this lovely island. After some time, I realized I can make a career out of living on the water. The next chapter led me to New Zealand for some cold-water diving and my instructor course. However, after some time south of the equator and missing American cuisine classics, job opportunity and peanut butter & jelly brought me back to the states. My first dive instructor job was offered to me in Oahu. After a year in the beautiful blue waters Hawaii, I was ready to take the next step and get my captain’s license. I was issued my coast guard merchant marines license to drive boats up to 100 tons. With my new ticket I was ready for another move, I headed east across the channel to Maui, my favorite Hawaiian island. For a while I found my new home, with amazing diving, humpback whales that annually travel to the temperate waters, life was good in paradise. Then I received an unexpected call from Captain Jonathan, my boss from the company I worked for in Oahu. He had a job offer at one of the most prestige’s and sought-after companies in the world, Aggressor Liveaboards! I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. One month later I was on my first charter in the Bahamas jumping into shark infested waters!
Position - Cruise Director
Nationality - British
Languages - English
Starting date - Jan 2021
Years with Aggressor - 7 years
Previous vessels - Bahamas & Roatan
Certifications - SSI and Padi Staff Instructor, RYA Shore based Yacht master, Power Boat, Yoga Teacher, Councilor
Professional Education - Hotel Management and Events Organization
Hobbies and Interests - Yoga, Horse Riding, Marine Conservation, Travel & Cooking
- Aggressor Destination - Turks and Caicos Aggressor II
- Title: Engineer
- Nationality: Filipino
- Languages spoken: English and Tagalog
- Starting date - Nov 28, 2020
- Number of years with Aggressor: less than a year
- Certification held: PADI OWSI
- Professional Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate and licensed Mechanical Engineer issued by Philippine Regulation Commission
- Hobbies or special interest: diving, wakeboarding, dancing, travel, group sports like volleyball and basketball
I grew up in a small town in Texas and raised my family there. I worked in Corporate America in human resources and payroll until I came to the Turks and Caicos and discovered diving. I was phobically afraid of sharks at that point, but the call of the sea was stronger and it changed everything. My first dive literally changed my life. I went home and sold my home, moved into a small apartment and began my journey to becoming an instructor…I was going to be in the sea for the rest of my life.
Once I succeeded in accomplishing that goal, I joined the Aggressor fleet and began leaning everything I could about all the creatures here and sharing that information with guests. I name the animals I see weekly and get very attached to them. I found videography early in my career and have honed my skills over the years and absolutely love shooting and editing videos; creating visual memories for our guests to take home.
Writing about the sea and creatures is also a passion of mine. I am a feature writer for two magazines here in the Turks and Caicos and contribute as often as I can. Sharing information about the important and vital role oceans play in the health of our planet is important to me. One way to shift people’s perception of sharks is to show them how beautiful they are how we can co-exist with them. I am extremely passionate about ocean and shark conservation. That moment when you see the light go on for someone and they suddenly “get it” is what it’s all about. When you know you have changed someone’s life the way yours was changed. I feel blessed every single day to live this life.
- Aggressor Destination - Turks & Caicos
- Title - Instructor and Video Pro
- Nationality - USA
- Languages Spoken - English
- Starting date - August 2013
- Number of years with Aggressor - 7 1/2
- Certifications - MSDT, Fish ID and Creature Instructor, PADI Elite Instructor
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