Location: West End, Tortola
We are the crew of Tropicool. We want to say a big Hi to everybody as we wait for our shipmates to arrive. We have been preparing everything to have an amazing summer, and we are more and more happy as the start is getting closer.
Eight years ago, a dream became a reality as Jack embarked on a solo mission to Mexico to become a professional dive instructor. Ever since, he has been doing just that, living on islands such as Saba and Grand Cayman, and teaching hundreds of people how to dive. A love for adventure has led Jack to climb a 20,000ft mountain in Bolivia and to surf the waves of Costa Rica. Jack has previously worked for Seamester, and after captaining dive boats around the Caribbean, he is excited to return to the BVI to work for ActionQuest.
Anna: Marine Biologist
Anna grew up on the Central Coast of California, surrounded by the ocean and the beach. She went on to study Conservation and Resource Studies and Global Poverty at the University of California, Berkeley. She had the opportunity to sail aboard S/Y Ocean Star as a study abroad experience while in school. Since, she has worked as an outdoor marine science educator for 2 years, both abroad in French Polynesia and closer to home in San Diego, CA. With a strong passion for the ocean and conservation, she has also spent time in the field studying Northern Elephant Seals on the Farallon Islands and volunteering with various research institutions. She loves to travel, surf, and depict the natural world through art and photography. While traveling along the Great Barrier Reef in 2018, she became a PADI Divemaster and loves spending time beneath the waves. Anna is excited to work with students in and out of the water this summer, sharing her love for marine biology, diving, and sailing!
Javi: Dive Instructor
Javi is a Spanish diving instructor. Before becoming part of the underwater family, he studied psychology and worked for the social services for 5 years. There, he worked as a mentor for teenagers separated from their families. It was a very rewarding and also demanding job, and it taught him to be sensitive, empathic, and patient. On a summer holiday, he discovered diving and got hooked by it, then dove for a couple of years to gain experience until he became a diving instructor in 2016. Since then, he has taught in the Canary Islands, where he lived the last year, and also for some months in Thailand. He loves to teach diving because of its cooperative essence, the beauty we can find when we visit the underwater world, and the feeling it enacts on us to preserve nature. His vision is that, in diving, we educate in skills but also in human values.