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British Virgin Islands - 2018, Session 3

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

After 2 sessions under the belt Alisa, Dan and I have spent the last few days getting the nitty-gritty details ready for our shipmate's arrival. We’ve got the boat cleaned up and fooded for the program as well as got the program equipment all on board. The cabins are all made up and ready for our shipmates to settle into their new home. Over the next 3 weeks of sailing and becoming rescue divers, we will grow from a group of strangers to a tight-knit crew and family!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Half A Bubble Off:

Matt- Skipper/Dive Instructor/MedPIC

Matt was born and raised in sunny Sarasota, Florida. He is an ActionQuest alumnus, and instantly knew he wanted to join the GXG team. He became a PADI SCUBA Instructor when he was 18 and joined the ActionQuest team later that year as a dive instructor. Matt also holds the IYT 200 Ton Master of Yachts and MCA Medical Person in Charge licenses. He is currently finishing a Computer Science & Criminal Justice degree at Florida Gulf Coast University while working at the Florida Department of Children and Families during the year.

Alisa - Dive Instructor/Mate

Alisa was raised in 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. She has spent the last four years traveling and teaching scuba but most recently spent time in New Jersey working as a swim coach and teaching kindergarten. She enjoys being outside as much as possible whether it’s hiking, swimming, or diving, and has a huge passion for experiential education. This is her fourth year working with the Global Expedition family and she is more than excited to continue this adventure!

Dan- Dive Instructor/Mate

Dan grew up in the south of England and graduated University with a degree in Sports Psychology and Coaching. After spending most of his 20’s working in corporate London he wanted to pursue his passion for travel and the Ocean. Dan started diving in Fiji in 2015 and instantly fell in love with the underwater world when he saw his first shark and manta ray. He is now a PADI IDC Staff Instructor with experience working in Indonesia and the Cayman Islands. He especially enjoys seeing how excited new divers get when they see their first turtle up close! When not diving, Dan enjoys trying new watersports, reading his Kindle, and visiting as many new cities and beaches as possible!