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British Virgin Islands - 2016, Session 1

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

There's a changing in the wind. Can you feel it? Something is coming. Something amazing is about to happen. The last fifteen days here in West End we have grown from zero to sixty two staff members. The only thing missing is our shipmates, and we couldn't be more ready and excited to have them onboard. We have been working round the clock to prep all twelve boats for program as well as going though all of our theoretical and practical staff training. I know I don't speak for myself when saying that we have all been waiting a year for that moment when we can leave the dock with our new shipmates and set out on one of the greatest adventures of our lives.
"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in"
- John Muir
Here is an introduction to the crew of Great White:
Cat: Skipper/WFR/Dive Instructor
Cat hails from the great state of Texas, where she was born and raised, though she now Seattle home. She is a PADI certified Open Water Scuba Instructor and has been teaching diving for 8 years. Along with that, Cat is also a captain and a member of the medical staff with her Wilderness First Responder certification. She has her IYT 200 ton Yachmaster and has just received her USCG Captains License as well! She was lucky enough to do an Atlantic crossing with Seamester in 2010 and hopes to one day circumnavigate the globe under sail! She has worked in the Caribbean for 7 summers, ranging from the beautiful BVI all the way down to Grenada. This past year Cat spent quite a bit of time traveling through Europe and Tanzania and actually summited Mt. Kilimanjaro! She enjoys skiing the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest, riding around on her longboard, listening to podcasts and laughing at her own jokes. Cat graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2011, where she studied International Political Economy. Overall, she's pretty neat! 
Taylor: Dive Instructor/Mate
Taylor is returning to ActionQuest for his second summer as a Dolphin instructor and scuba instructor. He received his degree in marine biology from the University of Hawaii, where he studied the communications of False Killer Whales and studied abroad with Sea|mester. Since last summer Taylor has been working year round for ActionQuest at the home office in Florida, road tripping the East Coast visiting schools, and working on Ocean Star down in Antigua during her yard period. In his free time Taylor likes to hike, camp, and play soccer. His favorite dive in the BVI is Mario Reef on Ginger Island and loves seeing octopi and squid on night dives. 
Sarah: Dive Instructor/Mate
Sarah grew up and went to university in the landlocked state of Colorado, but has always been fascinated by the ocean. She fell in love with diving while taking a coral reef ecology course, where she spent a week diving in Roatan, Honduras. She graduated from University of Colorado with a degree in Ecology and took a research job working for National Marine Fisheries on the Bering Sea in Alaska. The contract based work allowed her the opportunity to travel and do other ocean research internships. She studied great white sharks in South Africa for 2 months in 2012. In 2013, she moved to Florida to pursue diving and became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in early 2014. Since then she has been traveling, working, and diving in various parts of the world.