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British Virgin Islands - 2019, Session 3

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

The staff of Pure Joy is so excited about our shipmates to arrive! We’ve been busy prepping the boats with all materials and food we need to have a wonderful 17 days. We’re keen to start teaching diving, sailing, marine biology to our 13 shipmates, who will be participating in the Neptune and Dolphin programs. We have students coming from all over the USA and even some from further afield! We’re eager for our shipmates to meet each other and begin the experience of a lifetime!

Elle: Skipper/Dive Instructor

Participating in an ActionQuest program in 2012 inspired Elle to pursue her passion for diving and a determination to share her enthusiasm for the marine environment with others. During her gap year, she moved to Thailand and then Mauritius qualifying as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor with eight specialty instructor qualifications, and is now also qualified as an Emergency First Responder Instructor. Elle recently graduated from Cardiff University with a First Class BSc in International Business Management and since leaving has earned her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. This will be Elle’s 3rd summer teaching with AQ, and she is excited to share her passion for diving and sailing with new people this summer. When not under the water, Elle is a keen netball player having captained the University team and has a love of dance having studied ballet to an advanced level since an early age.

Tanner: Dive Instructor/Mate

Throughout his life, Tanner has had two major goals: to make people smile and to talk everyone’s ear off about the big blue sea. His underwater life began after getting certified in a dreary quarry outside of Chicago at age 12. Tanner joined ActionQuest as a shipmate for the Dolphin Program and returned to complete the Divemaster Internship, cementing his desire to return as an instructor. Tanner is studying marine science and management at Eckerd College. When not under the water, Tanner is busy as an RA, a member of the Eckerd Improv Comedy Troupe, and actor in Eckerd theater productions. Tanner is more than excited to join the team this summer!

Ella: Mate/Wilderness First Responder

Ella was raised in Savage, MN. She joined ActionQuest in as a shipmate in 2015 and returned for three more summers. During the school year, she attends Bentley University in Boston where she is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Growing up, she spent her summers on a remote island in Canada, which sparked her love of the water and sailing. When she is not scuba diving, she enjoys skiing, swimming, and watching sports. Ella is a PADI Divemaster and Wilderness First Responder.