Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
Breeze is excited to welcome her second group of summer 2019 students! The staff have been spending the last couple days preparing for this moment, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our eleven shipmates. We have stocked the boat with dry food, fresh food, PADI open water diving manuals, IYT sailing books, waterski gear, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, and everything else necessary to run an awesome trip- now we need the crew! Our shipmates are from Texas, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Russia, California, Ecuador, and Pennsylvania, and are all part of the Vega (intro to sailing and diving) program. We can’t wait to go on our first sail and snorkel tomorrow, and for all the adventures to come! For additional updates during the trip, follow ActionQuest on Instagram and Facebook!
Here is an introduction of the crew on Breeze:
After spending a long winter sailing in the English Channel and earning her RYA Yachtmaster, Georgia is looking forward to sailing in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Growing up in Devon, England, Georgia enjoys rowing, paddle boarding and riding horses. She is excited to join the ActionQuest team and looks forward to sharing her love of sailing with her students.
Anna: Operational Director/EMT
Anna grew up in landlocked Western Massachusetts and discovered her love for the sea when she became an ActionQuest student at age 16. After two summers as a shipmate and a year of high school aboard S/Y Ocean Star, she joined the ActionQuest staff in 2000. In college at the University of Vermont Anna volunteered as an EMT on a local ambulance while earning degrees in psychology and sociology. Since graduating in 2004 she has worked on tall ships, at a kid’s toy store, and at several desk jobs, but always finds herself returning each summer to the BVI to manage one of the ActionQuest fleets, as well as the trip update system, medical team, ship’s stores, and provisioning. During the summer you are most likely to find her behind the camera or scribbling on index cards, but always while wearing her PFD! During the rest of the year, Anna lives in Washington, DC, where she spends her free time volunteering with a dog rescue organization, hanging out with her niece and nephews, and attempting to become someone who enjoys running.
Ethan: Dive Instructor/Mate
Ethan has been a part of ActionQuest since the age of 14, falling instantly in love with the program. He is very passionate about diving and sailing and obtained most of his certifications through the ActionQuest program. Ethan sailed competitively in high school and continues to sail competitively at Fairfield University. He is a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor and CPR/First Aid Trainer. When he is not diving or sailing, he is focusing on his studies to become a registered nurse.