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Caribbean Leeward Islands - 2014, Session 2

Staff Update

Location: West End, Tortola


Arrival day! The crew of SqueakyBrat is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the

second session shipmates. The food is stored, the beds are made, and the

deck is prepped. There will be a total of 9 students and two staff on board

Squeaky, this session. We are looking forward to being able to travel to

multiple Leeward Islands and experience the culture at each location. We

will have night passages and watch team schedules that will be a great

experience for our crew. One of my favorite parts of night passages is the

stars that are visible when away from land. I am ecstatic for the next 21

days & look forward to having this experience with the students.

Here is an introduction to the staff on Squeaky Brat:

Kris- skipper

Kris was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and spent most of his formative years growing up in the Middle East and England. He graduated from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, with a Master's degree in Oceanography, having spent a semester abroad in the United States studying at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Following a strong family connection to the sea, Kris was naturally inclined towards a life revolving around the Oceans. Since 2008, Kris has spent his summers working with ActionQuest in the British Virgin Islands, teaching a mixture of Marine Sciences, diving, and sailing. In 2009, Kris joined the Sea|mester team as a member of the Marine Science Faculty, Diving Instructor, and Mate. Kris' professional credentials include PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IYT Master of Yachts 200tons, and also serves as a member of faculty at the State College of Florida.

Brittany- dive instructor/mate

Brittany was raised on the South-Eastern coast of Virginia and spent the majority of her time near the water. She was certified as an Open Water Diver at the age of eleven and fell in love with being so close to marine life from that moment. Graduating from Old Dominion University with a Master's Degree in Education, Brittany enjoys watching students learn and develop new knowledge. With these two passions, becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor seemed like the perfect next step. Since 2008, Brittany has been working with ActionQuest and Sea|mester as a Scuba Instructor. She hopes to pass her enthusiasm for marine life and sailing onto all of her students. Along with PADI certifications, Brittany also holds IYT 200 ton Yacht-Master certification.