Fred Drake’s journey began on a family trip to Bermuda in 1978, where he started SCUBA diving. Two years later, he was already a certified PADI Open Water Diver, trained by the Bermuda diving legend, Dave McCleod.
His academic pursuits took him west to Humboldt State University in California, where Fred delved deeper into the world of diving while majoring in Recreation Administration and Business. Here, he took PADI Advanced, Rescue, and Divemaster classes. Beyond the books, Humboldt’s allure lay in its vast outdoors, offering Fred a playground of whitewater kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, and more. After graduating from HSU, Fred received his PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor rating and continued to work with the HSU diving program.
Transitioning from HSU, Fred soon found himself leading snorkeling excursions across various exotic locations with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Dive In program. In 1994, Fred and another PADI instructor pioneered cruise ship snorkeling in Ketchikan, Alaska.
After soaking in seven years of life on the seas and a brief tenure as the Division Manager of Gray Line of Alaska, Fred’s vision materialized with the inception of Snorkel Alaska in 2001. A testament to his dedication, he was honored as Ketchikan’s Tour Guide of the Year by Princess Cruises’ guests in the very same year. Fred continues to run and operate Snorkel Alaska, sharing his passion for the water and all things outdoors.