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British Virgin Islands - 2015, Session 2

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

The Surprise Session Two Crew are already counting down the minutes until the arrival of our students. After finishing out session one on a high note we are
more excited than ever to get back out on the water and get to know our new crew. Between Alisa's high energy and constant smile and Taylor's passion and knowledge of the marine world, in combination I have no doubts that we have a killer team. We have been working hard prepping the good ship Surprise, tuning up dive gear and
sorting food that we are more than ready for the first smiling faces to show up on the dock and head back out into the beautiful BVI.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Surprise
Marina: Skipper/WFR
Growing up in Sarasota, FL, Marina's passion for the ocean began at a young age. She joined AQ in 2006 as a shipmate on the Dolphin voyage, and continued on completing two Atlantic crossings aboard Argo with Sea|mester. Marina graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology. She holds PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, AAUS Scientific diver, WFR and STCW-95 certifications, and has interned at Mote Marine and Pritzker Marine Research laboratories. Marina has worked with AQ since 2011, and is now the director of the Marine Science program.
Alisa: Dive Instructor/Mate
Alisa was raised in North Florida and has never been far from the water. She has been diving since she was 16 and her passion for scuba and the undersea world has only increased over the years. Alisa studied Ecotourism in college and became a PADI scuba instructor in 2014, and has been instructing in the Dominican Republic for the last six months. She enjoys engaging with people and teaching and encouraging people to love the water and it's inhabitants as much as she does! This is her first year working with ActionQuest and she is more than excited to begin this new adventure
Taylor: Dive Instructor/Mate
Taylor grew up between the farmlands of Indiana and the islands of Washington. From an early age Taylor had a passion for the ocean and diving. In high school he worked as a naturalist and crew member aboard a whale watch boat and earned his PADI open water certificate. In the spring of 2015 Taylor graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and a Certificate in Maritime Culture and Heritage from the University of Hawaii. During his time in college Taylor worked at the University of Hawaii Diving Safety Office where he taught the AAUS Scientific Diver Course, DAN First Aid Courses, and NAUI dive courses. Taylor`s thesis project was on the hearing abilities and long range communications of False Killer Whales. He also has worked on other projects with NOAA, National Geographic, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and the Marine Mammal Research Program. Taylor was introduced to the Global Expeditions family as a student aboard Argo sailing from Singapore to Cape Town last fall, but that wasn't enough. Now Taylor is joining the Action Quest family as staff for the first time this summer.