And Here We Go: Meet the Bend the Rules Team
Location: West End, Tortola
The sun is shining, the team is smiling, and the good ship S/Y Bend, The Rules, is ready to set sail!
Aboard for this session are Cate, Ri, and Kari. We have been working hard to get everything shipshape and ready for the session, and we're really looking forward to the shipmate's arrival and first dives. The tanks are filled, the flags are flying, and the holds are bursting with enough food to feed a small country.
Here are a few of our stories. We can't wait to meet you and hear yours :)
Cate - Skipper and Dive Instructor and Medical Team
Cate first went sailing aged three weeks old and hasn't looked back. Since then, she has sailed over 10,000 nautical miles, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and worked three summers as a flotilla skipper. Cate also started scuba diving at a young age, getting her open water aged 11 and then 14 years later becoming a scuba instructor in Thailand, where she participated in a coral restoration program. She recently received her Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification and can teach ten specialty certifications. Cate is passionate about marine conservation, and when she isn't on the water, she enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horse riding, and cooking. She has recently taken her Wilderness First Responder course and is looking forward to her second year working at Action Quest.
Ri - Dive Instructor
Ri grew up in a few African countries – Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, and South Africa. After graduating from the University of Johannesburg and completing his articles in Chartered Accounting, Ri decided it was time to pursue his passion for diving and met his PADI OWSI certification requirements on Gili Trawangan and spent the next three years teaching diving in Indonesia and Thailand. During this time, he continued to expand his diving knowledge and training and is currently a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. When he's not diving, Ri can be found climbing, running, training in BJJ, or settling down with a good book.
Kari - Mate
Kari was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she learned to sail on the icy waters of Lake Michigan. She spent the summer of 2019 sailing from Tahiti to Australia on Seamester's Argo, where she earned her PADI rescue diver certification. Today she has sailed over 6,000 nautical miles, and she couldn't wait to get back to the BVIs for her second summer on the staff! Over the past year, Kari has lived in four different countries while finishing her undergraduate degree at Tulane University. This fall, she will be studying for a master's degree at the University College of London.