Luna Kahuna Staff Update Day 1
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
The staff of Luna Kahuna have been busy awaiting the arrival of shipmates. All of the scuba tanks and dive gear is on board and we’ve prepared the whole boat by cleaning and stocking it with a full 3 weeks worth of food to be ready for arrival day! We are all incredibly excited to welcome 14 new members to our boat family. We can’t wait to share an incredible 3 weeks with all of our crew.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Luna Kahuna:
Matt was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. Matt joined the GXG team in the summer of 2014 as a dive instructor and has worked here every summer since then. After acquiring other certifications, Matt works as a skipper, dive instructor, and member of the medical team. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with AQ on S/Y Argo in 2012 and sailed across the Indian Ocean with Seamester on Argo in 2014. He will be graduating next year from Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Computer Science. When he is not in school or working he spends his time pursuing a variety of hobbies, including woodworking, surfing, and building computers.
Elle- Dive Instructor/Mate
Participating in an ActionQuest program in 2012 inspired Elle to pursue her passion for diving and a determination to share her enthusiasm for the marine environment with others. She spent her gap year pursuing her passion of diving, qualifying as an Open Water and EFR Instructor and working in Thailand before moving to Mauritius to teach and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean. Elle is currently studying a BSc in International Business Management at Cardiff University and returns to Thailand each summer vacation to continue teaching. She is now a PADI Master Scuba Diver with 7 specialty instructor qualifications. When not under the water or studying, Elle is a keen netball player, playing on the universitys 1st team and has a love of dance, having studied ballet, tap and modern to advanced levels since beginning at age 3.
Sarah- Dive Instructor/Mate
Sarah is incredibly excited to come back for a second summer at ActionQuest. She grew up in the landlocked state of Colorado but has always been drawn to the ocean. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She took a job for National Marine Fisheries collecting catch data on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. The contract-based work allowed her the opportunity to travel and do other ocean research internships, like study great white sharks in South Africa 2012. In 2013, she moved to Florida to pursue diving and became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in early 2014. She has since been teaching, diving, and transitioning from the research field to the education field.