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British Virgin Islands - 2015, Session 1

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

We are back in West End and delighted to see familiar faces of old friends around the anchorage. Omar still makes fantastic breakfast sandwiches at DBest Cup, Ollie has Admirals Marina looking sharp, Curtis watches over the voyage charters mooring field, and Ronald works diligently at his bright pink chandlery at the foot of the AQ dock. Staff training and set up is wrapping up. With all the dry food being stowed below onboard, empty cabins and Rango tied at the hip of the vessel. We only need our students to complete the picture and get us underway. An exciting adventure awaits us, but more exciting than seeing the islands, sailing, and scuba diving will be meeting some awesome new people and making some lasting friendships. We endeavor to grow a supportive community among the students and staff of Ka Ou F, and we hope that after a long day of fun and learning, we will be able to come back to a more than a boat, but a home.

Here's an introduction to the crew of Ka Ou Fe:

Tor- skipper

Born and raised in Northern California, Tor knew she was meant for a life full of adventure. Growing up, she spent her summers traveling to Sweden to visit family and learning how to sail out in the archipelago. After high school, Tor headed north and attended the University of Oregon. In the fall of 2008, she sailed with Sea|mester from Australia to Thailand as a student. Upon returning to University, Tor attained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Physiology and also discovered her true love of diving in the murky giant kelp forest-waters off the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. After receiving her instructor certification in Oregon, she spent time gaining experience as an Instructor teaching diving in Honduras. In 2010 Tor joined the ActionQuest team and now works with ActionQuest and Seamester as a diving instructor and Captain. With Sea|mester, and AQ, Tor plans to advance her sail training and continue to develop her teaching style and career as an outdoor educator.

Ian- EMT/mate

Hailing from the city of champions, Ian enjoyed his childhood adventuring in Boston's suburbs and learned to sail on the waters of the mighty Charles River. From there he attended the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated from in 2013 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering with a specialization in autonomous vehicle and instrumentation design. While at university, Ian got involved with the volunteer emergency medical services corps on campus and earned an EMT-B license. Since graduation, he has been working on the water for the Block Island Ferry Company and working on the streets of Providence, Rhode Island, as an EMT. Ian began working with ActionQuest in the summer of 2013 and is excited to experience his third summer in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, working and learning together with students and staff.

Rachael-dive instructor/mate

Rachael was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. In 2012 she began to pursue bachelor's degrees in Biology and French Language at Auburn University in Alabama (War Eagle!), where she also races with the Auburn University Sailing Team. Rachael was a longtime shipmate with AQ, starting in 2008, and became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2013. After graduation, she plans to acquire a master's degree in Science Education and share her passion for the natural world with her students. Rachael has studied both French and Spanish for over ten years and loves learning about different languages and cultures. She loves being in, around, or on top of the water and has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean to pursue her love of diving. Music is an enormous part of Rachael's life, and she currently sings in Chamber Choir, Women's Choir, and Gospel Choir at Auburn.