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British Virgin Islands - 2016, Session 3

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

We are so very excited to finally meet our third session shipmates. Since our last group of shipmates left the docks, we have fooded the boats, filled up with gas and water, and scrubbed the decks in preparation for this upcoming group. I know that Marina, Rachael, and I are all very excited to meet everyone, and begin our incredible journey together!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Adonis:

Marina: Skipper/Medic/Dive Instructor

Marina was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and was previously a student at both ActionQuest and Sea|mester. Marina joined the ActionQuest team in 2011 as a dive instructor and scientist and has been with us every summer since. She studied biology at Florida State University while teaching diving in Florida's freshwater springs and teaching sailing for the university team. After graduating from FSU, Marina spent a year working as the research manager for an NGO in Cambodia before joining the Sea|mester team in the fall of 2014. Marina has recently finisher her MSc in biodiversity and conservation at the University of Southampton in the UK before returning to the sunnier lands ActionQuest and Sea|mester.

Oscar: Dive Instructor/Mate

Oscar began as an ActionQuest shipmate in 2010 on the Vega program, and has participated in seven sessions since then as a student. He fell in love with diving and continued his passion to become a Divemaster last year, then later a Dive Instructor. Oscar is from Atlanta, Georgia, but is currently a student at Kenyon College in Ohio, majoring in Chinese language, French language and studio art focusing on sculpture and film. His favorite animals are tigers and jellyfish, and he loves spicy food.

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.