Charlie 2 Trip Update Day 1
Today was arrival day for Bravo! This morning the Charlie staff prepared boats, cleaning them from bow to transom, and stocked the fridges with fresh local produce in anticipation of our students’ arrival. All our students will arrive by this evening, just in time for a Caribbean dinner of chicken, rice, and coleslaw, followed by the Mike Talk and the first boat meeting of the program. We’re all excited to get off docks tomorrow and start cruising the islands!
Robb Kirchner, Captain/Assistant PD
This will be my second summer at Sail Caribbean. I started as a Mate on Early Bravo and was a Captain on the Bravo & Charlie Programs. In the fall I will be a senior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, pursing a degree in environmental sciences, which is mainly composed of biology and economics classes. I am the captain and skipper of the schools offshore sailing team and we compete at several regattas in the fall, including Offshore Nationals. Last summer at Sail Caribbean was amazing. While I had done a great deal of sailing before, nothing prepared me for how perfect the sailing is in the British Virgin Islands. On top of that, the snorkeling, which was something new to me, was fantastic. Along with my normal duties for SC I was also the photography mate for two of the programs. I enjoyed getting exciting and fun shots of campers enjoying their summer as much as I was! Getting to experience a totally different marine environment was also very exciting for me. I enjoyed seeing and learning about new species that are not found in the Chesapeake Bay. Sail Caribbean is a fantastic place to work. I am lucky that I am coming back for a second year. It is truly amazing seeing what a group of teenagers, who are largely strangers, can do in three weeks. They accomplish great tasks like sailing a boat on their own and cooking fantastic chili! The personal growth and development of the campers is something that I love to witness, and being an integral part of that growth and development makes it all the better. In my spare time, some of my hobbies are ultimate Frisbee, running, hiking, and photography. Something funny you should know about me…I secretly wish I was a meteorologist.
Laura Griffin, Captain
I have a degree in outdoor education. While doing this course I was introduced to sailing and became a sailing instructor. I mainly sail on the east coast of Ireland. I have been working as an outdoor instructor for the last 6 years. I have worked with people of all ages. Last year I worked with teenagers teaching sailing through the Irish language. I also developed, organised and ran a youth sailing camp for a Sailing school that only offered adult courses. I teach kayaking through the winter in Ireland, which is quite cold but I love being outside so I don’t mind too much! I want to work with Sail Caribbean as I love teaching sailing and this year I wanted to work abroad. Sail Caribbean seems to be a very popular company in the Caribbean and everyone I have asked only has good things to say about the company. In my spare time, I love sailing of course. I also do loads of kayaking. I am heading to Italy before I go to the Caribbean to go white water kayaking. I also do lots of windsurfing, mountain biking and I play Gaelic football (an Irish sport!). Something funny we should know about me…I’m the flan challenge winner 2 years running!
Jess Arms, Mate, Marine Bio
This will be my second summer with SC. Last summer, I worked on the Charlie and Bravo programs. I held the position of Mate/Divemaster. As a WFR with other medical training as well, I was also the lead medic for my fleet. This summer I will be returning as a dive instructor. I earned a B.S. degree in Recreation and Parks Management from Frostburg State University (located in Maryland). I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. I also have an interest in emergency medicine. My medical certifications include PADI Emergency First Response Instructor, Red Cross Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Responder. I am trained as an EMT . Diving related jobs I have held in addition to Sail Caribbean include working as a Divemaster for Florida Sea Base, which is where I received my divemaster training, as well as working as a diving instructor and mate for Taino Divers. Taino Divers runs out of Rincon, Puerto Rico, and dives sites on the western coast of Puerto Rico. A great thing about this establishment is their partnership with SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba), an organization that enables wounded veterans to obtain dive education. The other position that I have held working with teenagers was a guide with Wilderness Ventures. I lead youths on backpacking trips and mountain based excursions in the Teton Wilderness of Wyoming. While living in Puerto Rico I had an opportunity to be part of some interesting environmental service through the Surfrider Foundation. I participated in projects locating and removing debris from reefs, as well as assisting in research for a environmental restoration project. There are many elements that bring me back to Sail Caribbean. I relish in the Sail Caribbean culture and the people that I am surrounded by. Getting an opportunity to teach and influence teenagers is clearly part of it. I am so passionate about diving, marine life, and the ocean; it’s a privilege to share this knowledge with others that are excited and impressionable. It makes me happy to know that I can play some part in molding the futures of the next generation of divers and spokespeople for ocean conservation. The staff are amazing and diverse people; and inevitably, wonderful bonds are created amongst us. Some of my other interests are surfing, skiing, playing/writing music, cooking, bike touring, ultimate Frisbee, laughing hard, and dancing badly. Something else you should know about me..In my perfect world, life would be a musical. People would break out in song a couple of times a day to illustrate whatever was taking place. And more importantly, a spontaneous synchronized dance would break out from time to time, in public, where everyone somehow seems to know all the moves – awesome.
Luke Whitcraft, Mate
I am currently a student at Prescott College focusing on a degree in adventure education and marine studies. I have been sailing since I was 8 years old. I have sailed in a few races including the Duck Shoe race, which is an eight mile race in the San Diego Harbor. This will be my first year working with Sail Caribbean but not my first year working with teens in a similar environment. I have previous experience as an Assistant Lifeguard for the Torrey Pines Junior Life Guard Association. I worked with TPJG’s for nearly three entire summers acting as a standing Life Guard and playing the role of an Assistant to help with instruction. I also worked for the Birch Aquarium for about 2 years as a volunteer tide pool interpreter. I helped families and teens learn about the environment in their backyard that some had never even knew existed. Also over the course of my high school years and during my assisting with the TPJG’s I did a lot of film work and took a few advance photography classes. I am a certified PADI Dive Master. Something funny that you should know about me…I can never figure out which way to comb my hair.