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British Virgin Islands - 2021, Session 2

Staff Update: Day One

Location: West End, Tortola

The staff of Sweet Spot is so excited for our shipmates to arrive! We've been busy prepping the boat with all the materials and food we need for a great 21 days. We’re keen to start teaching diving and sailing to our 12 shipmates, who will be participating in the Rescue Program. We have students coming from all over the USA. We’re so excited for our shipmates to meet each other and begin the adventure of a lifetime!

Here is an introduction to the crew of Sweet Spot:

Matt - Skipper / Dive Instructor / MPIC
Matt has been a part of the GXG team since 2014, spending the majority of that time on the Neptune and Rescue programs. He has also worked as the MPIC on our Seamester vessel S/Y Argo. He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with over 300 certified students through ActionQuest. He also holds his IYT 200 Ton Master of Yachts Offshore and MCA Medical Person In Charge licenses. He is both an old AQ student as well as a Seamester alumnus and loves being able to provide the positive experiences he had to new groups of students.

Ella - Mate / Divemaster / Wilderness First Responder
Ella was raised in Savage, MN. She joined ActionQuest as a shipmate in 2015 and returned for 3 more summers. During the school year, she attends Bentley University in Boston, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Economics – Finance and double minoring in French and Spanish. 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. This is her second year working with ActionQuest, and she couldn’t be more excited for the summer ahead!

Cat - Mate / Dive Instructor
The ocean has always been Cat’s backyard, from growing up on Cape Cod, 5 summers at AQ, an ocean crossing aboard Seamester, and much more! Cat was working as a divemaster in surrounding universities around Boston when she decided to move to Utila, Honduras, to become an Instructor. She spent 5 months training and taking courses and was able to leave with many new certifications, including tech diving. While in Utila, she started working and teaching courses and took people out diving. She is so excited to be a part of a program that did so much for her.