The AQ Team


We've been sailing the world's oceans for over 40 years so this isn't our first rodeo... or even our first global circumnavigation!

So often we are asked "what is it that sets ActionQuest apart?" Simply put, we believe that it's our inspirational team.

It's our culture, our devotion our dedication and commitment to continuously push ourselves and our students to new heights that makes all the difference in the outcome of a trip.

Like you, we're as diverse as the destinations we travel. We come from all different backgrounds--Captains, Scuba Instructors, Marine Biologists, EMTs... Many of our team came to AQ as a teen or even to Sea|mester to study abroad in college before finding their way back, realizing that their life's work was right here. Regardless of how we arrived or where we came from, we share a desire to teach, discover and evolve. Deep down, everyone wants to set their own course and ActionQuest provides a place to do just that.

Every summer we ask our alumni a series of questions about their staff. This is what they told us from their experiences last year...

  • 100%

    looked after my safety

  • 100%

    warm & welcoming

  • 98%

    were great teachers

Mike Meighan - Director

Mike MeighanMike's love of the sea lured him to scuba diving and sailing at the age of 15. At 18, he voyaged throughout the Mediterranean and taught diving internationally before entering Southampton University in the UK. He graduated with a First Class Joint Honors degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology.

In 1995, Mike assumed the role of ActionQuest marine biologist, oceanographer and scuba instructor. Over the years, his love for experiential learning and the AQ programs led him to become involved in all aspects of operations. His passion for teaching traditional academics in an experiential way led to the development of Sea|mester in 1998.

Today, Mike directs all operations and activities in addition to developing new voyages, programs and course curriculums. He sails with the BVI ActionQuest and Lifeworks programs full-time each summer.

The Meighan family has a deep-rooted affection for the water. Mike's wife, Jo, spent several summers as a PADI diving instructor with AQ in the BVI, and works in the Sarasota office part-time. Mike and Jo live in Sarasota with their sons, Joshua and Kai, who are naturally fond of the water and sail with the family in the BVI each summer.

Management, Office & Operational Team

Many of our USA office team are key operational directors during the summer time. Click on our team members below to learn more about them.

Jim Stoll Travis Yates Kyle Bussacker Gina Barnaba Jo Meighan Sam Williamson Blair Williamson Kate Mitchell Kelly Swartzbaugh Jake Steward Dan Meyer Elliot Evins Kris Stevenson Greg Skinner

Operational Directors

Click on our team members below to learn more about them.

Torin Tofferi Anna Johnson Marina Knapp Viktoria Low Nick McGinty Bryant Turffs Ben Diamond Kevin Johnsen Tina Doran Carolyn Kovacs Employment