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British Virgin Islands - 2014, Session 1

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

Every day waking up on an ActionQuest boat is an exciting experience. Today was even more so, though; there was definitely a tangible buzz in the air. Today we're putting the final touches on each of the boats; ours called Gemini, a gorgeous 50.5 ft Beneteau monohull. Just like the horoscope, Gemini's element is the wind, and we can't wait to get her cruising through the Sir Francis Drake channel and visiting all of the beautiful and scarcely touched islands. As we pile in all of the goods, its wonderful to see all of the staff working as a great unit. Most are old-timers, either staff from past years or students that have come back to AQ as staff, but there are some new faces around, and it is amazing to witness that in as little as two weeks, we have become such a solid team. After all the hard work and training, we cannot wait to receive our students tomorrow and see them walking down the dock with all of our boats standing to attention.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Gemini:
Nick- skipper
Jake- mate/dive instructor
Laura- mate/dive instructor
Although Laura is a British national, she was born and bred in a little coastal town in Spain. This mix of culture is one of the reasons why she is very interested in traveling and expanding her knowledge of new cultures and customs. Laura will be working at ActionQuest as a dive instructor this year. She began diving at the age of fifteen when she was first introduced to the underwater world by her father. Her love of diving drove her to her local shop (actually most of the time it was her mother), where she began interning and working for her courses. Laura then decided she wanted to teach people how to do the best thing she has ever done and found herself on the other side of the Atlantic (more specifically, the Dominican Republic), where she passed her PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Exam. Now, after working in dive centers, she is very excited to be part of the AQ team and is looking forward to a wonderful summer.