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British Virgin Islands - 2021, Session 3

Meet the Crew

Location: West End, Tortola

We are very excited to meet our new shipmates for this 3rd session! We are going to close the summer with a bang!
We are pleased to introduce you to the Tropicool crew for this session:

Jack Golbourn
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.

Liam Ward
Liam joined the AQ team in 2021 with experience in marine conservation and dive operations in Madagascar, Maldives, and Honduras, eager to show what he has to offer to the team and teach the participants. Liam completed his Junior Open Water Diver at 11 and went on to become a PADI Open Water Instructor in 2017, then finishing his MSc in Marine Biology in 2018. Even though Liam is from rural Yorkshire, a village in the middle of England, the ocean seems to call to him. He uses his knowledge and experience in diving and marine biology to educate and train others about the underwater world he is so passionate about. Liam enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and generally traveling to experience local cultures and places when he isn’t exploring the underwater world.

Javi Hernandez
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.

Alie Skowronski
Alie grew up in Cleveland, OH, and joined AQ as a shipmate in the summer of 2015. She returned as staff in 2019 as a member of the Media Team! She recently graduated from Ohio University with degrees in both photojournalism and marine biology. She dives into both of her interests here. Alie is an Advanced Open Water Diver with around 70 dives, one of those being in the Adriatic Sea!