Ian Higgins


Ian was born and raised in San Diego, CA, spending his youth on or near the water. Surfing, bodysurfing, SCUBA and freediving, no one could keep him out of the water. Throughout his youth he sailed with various aquatic centers and local yacht clubs. He went to San Diego State University and studied Hospitality and Tourism Management and Spanish.

While attending SDSU he taught sailing at Mission Bay Aquatic Center, teaching various boats from lasers to J24 coastal cruising. After graduating from SDSU he began employment with San Diego City Lifeguard service as an EMT lifeguard. He worked summers on the beaches of San Diego usually between WindanSea to Blacks Beach. During the winters he worked Ski Patrol in Lake Tahoe, CA, at NorthStar Ski resort.

After 5 years of seasonal work, one day sitting in a DunLevy at La Jolla Shores, he was watching a merchant ship on the horizon and realized that was where he wanted to be. He began studying for his Captain’s License and contacting old employers for Sea Time records. After getting his license, his first employment was driving tow boats out of Avalon, Catalina, for Cat Tow, as well as operating the SCUBA Cat for Catalina Dive Adventures. He did that for one season, and moved back to San Diego.

Upon returning, he began driving the 5th Ave Ferry from downtown San Diego to Coronado, and Flagship Cruises’ various water Taxis. The route was dizzying, so he wanted something different. He moved to Alaska and began working for Un-Cruise Adv. doing 7-14 day charters around the San Juan Islands and Inside Passage South Eastern Alaska. He was married at the time and his wife wanted him back, so he returned to San Diego again and began looking for work. He found various delivery jobs, taking boats up and down the coast from
San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta. Around this time he began diving more frequently and saw an advertisement for Truth Aquatics, Santa Barbara. He was a certified rescue diver, and had responded to many dive emergencies while employed at La Jolla Shores as a Lifeguard and thought Live Aboard dive charters would be a perfect fit. He began working as Second Captain in 2016 aboard the Vision, and fell in love with the job and company. In 2017 he became Captain of the Vision.