Dan Ingalls

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Dan Ingalls

Dan Ingalls is the founder and president of the National Marine Safety Center (NMSC), a safety agency launched in 1992.

NMSC courses are taught across the nation and internationally.

Ingalls provides hands-on aquatic rescue and boat handling courses for public safety agencies and the general public. Aquatic event safety services evolved naturally from our program development and can be employed in countless marine environments.

He is also concurrently a sergeant with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department out of the North Lake Tahoe Substation.


Ingalls was a rescue boat operator in Alaska and San Francisco with the U.S. Coast Guard. As a training officer, Ingalls took part in a surf rescue boat operations course provided to the Coast Guard by Marine Rescue Consultants. After his career with the Coast Guard, he was hired by Marine Rescue Consultants and Emergency Management Training Consultants as an instructor. He worked with the Ventura Port District and California State Lifeguards, and taught hands-on rescue boat operations courses to boating safety officers throughout California. He later was promoted to permanent Ocean Lifeguard in Huntington State Beach and a river patrol Deputy Sheriff with the El Dorado County Sheriff Department where he patrolled heavily populated recreational rivers and taught swiftwater rescue courses to local river guides.