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British Virgin Islands - 2017, Session 1

Catalinaville Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

Setup is quickly winding down and the crew of Catalinaville are getting super excited for the arrival of our students. Our Divemaster candidates are inbound today and will be working toward their first professional level qualification. We actually have 12 returning shipmates aboard our 46 foot catamaran, which will make for a phenomenal group, and we could not be not be more thrilled about it. From sailing to hiking, waterskiing to beach barbecues and of course a lot of diving, we are ready to make it happen! Stay tuned for more to come from the wonderful crew of Catalinaville - the dive pro team; 'fun-bathing' in the BVIs.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Catalinaville:
Simon- skipper/dive instructor
Simon is returning for his third year at ActionQuest, though also works for her sister program Seamester during the other seasons. He has been introducing divers to the amazing underwater world for over a decade now and has dived in 30+ countries around the world, from South Africa to Galapagos and Egypt to Australia (though not in his home country of Scotland surprisingly!). When not on or under the water, Simon enjoys long distance running as a way to explore new villages, towns and cities around the world and last year completed his first full marathon in New York. When teaching, he especially enjoys seeing a new divers face light up after their first experience in the water, as well as helping more experienced divers fulfill their own potential as dive professionals. Simon is a PADI Master Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor Trainer, Cave Diver, Technical Diver, and also has his MCA Yachtmaster Offshore 200t and has over 30,000 nautical miles of sailing experience.
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 third year working with the ActionQuest family and she is more than excited to continue this adventure!