Eric VanZanten

Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat Captain

Eric VanZanten is the Pumpout Boat Operator, and has been working for the program since 2008. He is currently employed by New York City and works for the FDNY as a Firefighter. Jim has lived on Jamaica Bay all his life. He was raised boating with his father in Jamaica Bay. Eric owns a 22 foot Novi Style Cape Islander boat, which he uses to work at events that the Manhattan Island Swim Foundation host. In addition to serving as Pumpout Boat operator, Eric also enjoys acting as a Jamaica Bay tour guide when on his boat with other guests.