Pat Fogarty is the founder of FMI Marine and is its chief instructor.
Pat’s love for marine activities combined with his emergency service expertise has led him to pursue professional marine training and marine search-and-rescue techniques. Pat is currently a coxswain for the Saanich Marine Search and Rescue Station that responds to marine emergencies servicing the waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula. Pat regularly instructs all aspects of marine related competencies and related SAR procedures to new and advanced members of the station for the past five years.
Pat provides instruction for students through first-hand examples of marine incidents and safety failures that illustrate to the student the importance of marine safety procedures and protocols. It is Pat's belief that real-world examples can demonstrate the complexity and reality of potential dangers at sea and, as such, can stimulate critical thinking and meet the stated learning objectives of each Fathom course.
Having spent a lifetime pursuing outdoor activities on the ocean, lakes, and rivers of British Columbia, Pat’s love for teaching others how to safely pursue marine activities is the driving force behind the formation of Fathom. Today Pat is an avid hiker/backpacker, SCUBA diver, kayaker, fisherman, and boat owner.
Professionally, Pat is a retired police Superintendent in charge of the Organized Crime Branch of the BC Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. In this position, Pat acquired extensive experience in instructing advanced investigative techniques, performing high-risk investigations, teaching emergency protocols and response, and acting as critical incident commander.