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British Virgin Islands - 2016, Session 1

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

Matt, Rachael and Alisa, the staff of Rangitoto Too, are all super excited to add 12 new members to our boat family. We have been stocking our cupboards with food, stocking our shelves with learning materials, and preparing the cabins for student arrivals. We are itching to have everyone on board, casting off our lines, and having the opportunity to teach your students more about sailing, scuba diving, and this beautiful ecosystem we are a part of.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Rangitoto Too:
Matt: Skipper/Dive Instructor/Medic
Matt is a returning skipper, dive instructor, and member of the medical team. He sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with Seamester on S/Y Argo in 2012, and sailed across the Indian Ocean on Argo in 2014. During the year he studies at Florida Gulf Coast University and is majoring in marine biology. In his off time he likes to produce music, go on adventures with his dog, and do woodworking.
Rachael: Dive Instructor/Mate
Rachael joined ActionQuest as a shipmate in 2008 and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean aboard S/Y Argo in 2012. It was through AQ that she developed her passion for scuba diving and sailing, and went on to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2014. In December 2016 Rachael will graduate with a joint degree in Biology & Human Development/Family Studies and another degree in French from Auburn University in Alabama. Last year she took a semester to live and study in Cannes, France, where she ate a lot of cheese, and for two years she competed as a member of the Auburn University Sailing Team. When Rachael isn't studying, sailing, or scuba diving, she's singing! Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and Disney's Epcot are just a few of the venues where Rachael has had the privilege of performing.
Alisa: Dive Instructor/Mate
Alisa was raised in North Florida and has never been far from the water. She was a competitive swimmer for nine years and has been diving since she was sixteen. 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. When she's not in the water, her hobbies include being around food as much as possible and having a near unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter. She enjoys engaging with people and teaching and encouraging people to love the water and its inhabitants as much as she does! This is her second year working with the ActionQuest family and she is more than excited to continue this adventure!