Location: West End, Tortola
We are so excited for all of you to arrive and make our beautiful boat, Spindrift II, feel like a home! We have been working tirelessly to clean our boat and stow away all the food and gear for our adventure. We even brought some twinkle lights to make our boat extra special! Davis, Adam, and I are counting down the hours until all of you arrive. We cannot wait to teach you all about sailing and scuba diving! We are going to be doing so many incredible dives and improving our skills as either rescue or advanced divers. It has also been really breezy, so I think we are going to do some amazing sails as well! Make sure to pack your sense of adventure because it is going to be an outrageous journey! See you all on Spindrift II soon!
Here’s an introduction to the crew of Spindrift II:
Cat: skipper/dive instructor/WFR
Cat is so excited to be returning for another incredible summer of adventure with ActionQuest! She still remembers the first time she went diving when she was 15. Her dad took her to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and she recalls surfacing from the dive and yelling, “DAD! I want to do this for the rest of my life!” With the support of her wonderful parents, that is exactly what she set out to do. The next few summers, she went to an adventure camp where she earned her advanced diving certifications and had the time of her life. In 2008 she landed an internship where she earned her PADI Dive Instructor certification and began teaching. While studying at the University of Puget Sound, she decided to take a semester to sail aboard Argo with Seamester from South Africa to Antigua and went on to earn her Yachtmaster License later that fall. Cat’s experiences with sailing and diving have changed the course of her life for the better, and she is so overjoyed to be able to pay it forward this summer. It is truly a dream come true to be able to teach sailing and diving with AQ!
Davis: dive instructor/mate
Davis grew up in Atlanta, GA, where he learned to dive at a young age with his father and brother. Knowing he loved adventure, he spent a lot of time torn between diving and rock climbing, his other passion. But, after gaining his Rescue Diver certification through ActionQuest in 2009, he realized his love for the water swamped that of the mountains and went on to become a dive instructor in 2012. Davis recently graduated from Eckerd College and hopes to continue working as a dive instructor in his time in between summers at ActionQuest.
Adam: dive instructor/mate
Adam is from Scarsdale, NY, and started as an ActionQuest shipmate in 2011. He immediately fell in love with ActionQuest, diving/sailing, and has been back every summer since. He worked his way up from Open Water diver through Divemaster, all with AQ. This is now his first summer as staff. Adam is an Open Water Scuba Instructor and holds numerous specialty instructor certifications. During the year, Adam is studying Biology and is pre-med at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also on the sailing team.