Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
Claire, Rachel, and Andy are ready and waiting for session 2 and eagerly awaiting the shipmates that will make it so special. There will be 11 shipmates on board doing the Aquarius and Carina programs, learning advanced diving while sailing for the first time around the magical islands of the BVI! We can't wait to meet the crew and get underway for another awesome three weeks out on the water.
Here is an introduction of the crew on Saleya:
Claire Miller: Skipper
Claire grew up in Houston and had her first experience sailing during her gap year on a Seamester voyage from Darwin, Australia to Cape Town, South Africa on S/Y Argo. After an amazing semester, she decided to keep sailing and ended up staying in Cape Town to complete her Yachtmaster Ocean license. Claire is currently in the engineering school at the University of Virginia and is a member of their club sailing team. She’s super excited to have the opportunity to work at AQ this summer and help create a fantastic experience for all of her students.
Andy: Dive Instructor/Mate
This will be Andy’s 4th year with AQ, and he can’t wait to meet his new crew and the people who will make the summer so special. He’s spent the last several years traveling, learning different techniques, and being a part of communities in Central America. He lives five months of each year in Guatemala, being a part of his community there. He can often be found dancing, singing, meditating, practicing yoga, cooking some delicious treats, and exploring the oceans. After 2014 when he became an Instructor, his love for the ocean and everything in it has grown and grown. He can’t wait to return for another AQ summer this year!
Ben is a freshman at Duke University and super excited to dive, sail, and explore the BVIs. As a student with the Global Expeditions Group for five years, he considers ActionQuest his home away from home. As a PADI divemaster hailing from Norfolk, Massachusetts he much prefers the Caribbean’s warmer waters to his cold seas at home. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, brunch, and searching for the perfect cup of coffee. Ben is thrilled to work with ActionQuest this summer and can’t wait to get underway.