• Alex Polli

    Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain
    Second Year

    Northport, NY

    Alex just graduated from Penn State University in May with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. She sailed for the Penn State Sailing team for all four years and served as Commodore in 2015. Having lived on the water all her life, Alex grew up sailing since she was 7 and attended Sail Caribbean as a student from 2008 until 2012. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future to attain a Master’s Degree in School Counseling after of course sailing and traveling more!

  • Alyssa Fabyan

    Sail Caribbean Captain ASA Instructor
    Third Year

    Manchester, MA

    Growing up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, Alyssa began sailing at the age of six. She has always loved the sea. She graduated from Roger Williams University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Since then, Alyssa has spent the past year getting her USCG Captain’s License, teaching English in Thailand, and backpacking through Southeast Asia. She is wicked excited to spend another summer in the Caribbean with the most amazing people and her favorite boat snack: mango jam with cream cheese and crackers!

  • Aoife Smeaton

    Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain Provisions Manager
    Third Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Aoife graduated from University College of Dublin in 2014 with a degree in Zoology. Aoife spends most of her time surrounded by as many four-legged friends as possible. Her passions are animal and human behavior, development, and learning. She spends her time working as a dog trainer, teaching puppy classes and helping people understand their canine family members. She also spends time working with socialized foxes and wolves at an education and research center in Indiana.

  • Ben Goldsmith

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Croton On Hudson, NY

    Ben started to sail at age 5, as his parents would strap him into a PFD and sail the Hudson River on their 27′ Cape Dory. At age 9, Ben spent seven years attending Shattemuc Sailing Academy as a student and then another seven years as an Instructor. Ben is currently the Skipper of Sea Scout Ship Shattemuc, where he and the Scouts maintain and sail a 1929 Alden Triangle Sloop. Ben has been active as an EMT and firefighter in his hometown’s volunteer departments for five years. He recently completed the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine and Rescue semester, where he obtained his Wilderness First Responder certification and re-certified his Emergency Medical Technician License. Ben spent 56 days in the backcountry embedding and implementing these skills. He respects the intuitive, graceful, and beautiful nature of the sport of sailing. Ben is passionate about ultimate frisbee, photography, his cats, and singing. He is exited to teach his students various (appropriate) sea shanties, some of which he has written. After being in the desert for over two months, Ben is excited to get back to his natural stomping “ground” on the water.

  • Beta Eaton

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fourth Year

    Philadelphia, PA

    Growing up in coastal Maine, Beta learned how to sail in unpredictable winds and chilly temperatures for most of the year! For a total of six months throughout high school and college, she made a change in latitudes, sailing and studying oceanography from St. Maarten to Jamaica. In the summer of 2012, Beta arrived in Tortola for her first summer of Sail Caribbean. Fresh off her first year as a science teacher, Beta put her sailing skills and marine science background to work as a captain for three programs: two on our Foxtrot adventure and one on our Charlie adventure. In 2013, she returned as Program Director of Bravo & Charlie. After two summers away from the BVI, where she spent time in New England and Philadelphia working on her teaching skills and gaining valuable professional experience, Beta has returned this summer as the Program Director for Tango and Sail Caribbean’s Community Service Coordinator.

  • Betsy Flournoy

    Sail Caribbean Photographer
    Sixth Year

    Boulder, CO

    Betsy has been a Program Director, Fleet Captain, Provisions Supervisor & Manager, and Mate on the Bravo, Charlie, Sierra and Foxtrot programs. She has been working as a photographer since 2009 and graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT in 2010. She also graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Photography and Graphic Design in 2013. She currently works as the Project Director for a documentary film called RiseUP The Movie, in addition to directing the associated event, RiseUP The Summit. Outside of work, she loves sailing, climbing, mountain biking, horses, Batman, and adventuring around the world.

  • Brad Stephens

    Sail Caribbean Operations
    Second Year

    Chicago, IL

    On a whim to change up his surroundings to a place more suitable to a beach bum like himself, Brad moved to Costa Rica in 2013 and became a Scuba Instructor. As a hard worker with a goofy edge, he resonates with Sail Caribbean’s objective to create experiences that can kick up a person’s passion. Brad enjoys learning a lot about boat mechanics with us, as one of our dedicated OPs staff.

  • Brian Chambers

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    Brian has been diving and surfing since he was 12, after building a home and raising his family in a Central American Rainforest, he joins our team to share his passion for “first experiences”  with divers of all ages.

  • Cass Colman

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Third Year

    New Zealand

    The true definition of a nomad, Cass has spent the past 14 years not having a specific residence, but rather a large backpack. She has worked as a sailing instructor in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Croatia, and Greece, and for National Outdoor Leadership Schools since 2003 in programs such as sailing, hiking, sea kayaking, canyon courses and cultural sections.

  • Ciarán Gibbons

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Ciarán is currently studying Outdoor Adventure Management in Dublin, Ireland. He has a wide range of experience in the outdoor industry from kayaking to windsurfing to hiking, but his real passion is sailing! He spent the summer of 2015 working with Cal Adventures in Berkeley as a sailing instructor and has a lot of youth camp experience in a wide range of sports. He is always looking for a new adventure – having skydived, bungee jumped and cliff dived to name a few! – and is very excited to be part of the Sail Caribbean team this summer!

  • Cli Walsh

    Sail Caribbean BVI Office Manager
    Eighth Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Cli grew up spending her summers on the west coast of Ireland where she developed a love of the sea. After school, she completed an honors degree in Outdoor Education and used her qualifications to work and travel.  Cli began working for Sail Caribbean in 2007 where she was a Mate and then a Captain. Over the following summers, she moved on to become the Program Director for the Bravo and Charlie programs and then Sailing Director! During her off season winters away from Sail Caribbean, Cli returned to university and graduated as a Chiropractor in 2014. Luckily, she has been able to take some time time off before starting a new position this autumn and is very excited to be returning to Sail Caribbean for an 8th year, only this time as Office Manager!

  • Clodagh Somers

    Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain
    Third Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Clodagh has just completed a Masters in Architecture at University College of Dublin. She comes from a sailing family, beginning to sail yachts when she was just 10 and in time became a dinghy instructor. She taught firstly in Ireland, then Spain, before crossing the Atlantic to teach in the BVI. She grew up sailing her family’s yacht around the Irish Sea, with longer trips to the south coast and sailed a 70ft Clipper from Spain to Dublin. In 2014, she completed her day RYA skipper certification and goal for the next year is to earn her Yachtmaster.

  • Courtney Sarik

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Manassas, VA

    As a true outdoor adventurist, Courtney joins us for her very first year! She grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Intelligence Analysis. Courtney fell in love with sailing when her twin brother (also a new team member!) took her on a sailboat for a stormy, thrilling sailing experience for the first time back in 2010. It hooked her on sailing and she has been teaching it every summer since. Her true love for the outdoors and inspiring and teaching youth is what has brought Courtney to us. Ever since she could walk, her feet were on skis and snow, and she is fond of experience teaching skiing in Killington, Vermont over the past few  years. The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the same passion and excitement she has shine in her students.  On days off, she’ll go sailing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, swimming, skiing…you name it, she’ll try it!

  • Curtis Crooke

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Third Year

    Washington, DC

    Curtis is entering his senior year at Georgetown University studying Government and Economics.  When he’s not studying or interning on Capitol Hill, Curtis spends most of his time on the water as a member of the Georgetown University Sailing Team.  He returns for his second year as a staff member after sailing with Sail Caribbean for four years as a student and intern, attaining his Divemaster along the way.  In addition to diving and sailing (which he’s been doing since he was nine!), Curtis enjoys traveling, photography, watching sports, and always being outdoors in warm weather.

  • Dale Daku

    Sail Caribbean Divers Captain PADI Master Instructor
    Eighth year

    Tortola, BVI

    Originally from Canada, Dale began teaching in Malta in 2005 where they called him “Tabasco”. He’s been with us since 2008 and we’ve yet to find a hot sauce that he couldn’t eat.

  • Daniel Warburton

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor

    Australia

    Meet Daniel soon.

  • David Peters

    Sail Caribbean Divers Captain PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
    Second year

    Tortola, BVI

    David was born in England and has been teaching since 2011. He is a photographer and also an avid sailor and surfer.

  • Emily Graf

    Sail Caribbean Mate PADI Open Water Instructor
    First Year

    Albuquerque, NM

    Emily started diving in 2013 and quickly developed a passion for marine life. Growing up in New Mexico (a state with no oceans), she is grateful to have been introduced to the ocean in such an exhilarating way! Emily obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands in California, and worked as an environmental consultant for many years before she discovered her affection for scuba diving and marine life. She loves to travel, experience new cultures, observe wildlife, and laugh a lot! Scuba diving has become one of her biggest passions along with yoga, mountain biking, and bird watching. Emily hopes to inspire people to love and conserve our oceans by sharing what she has learned about the magical underwater world.

  • Emily Knudson

    Sail Caribbean Provisions Manager/Mate
    First Year

    Minneapolis, MN

    Emily graduated from Augsburg College in 2015 with degrees in Environmental Studies, English Literature, and Spanish.  Since graduating college, she has worked as a wilderness canoe guide for urban youth, led a three month college canoe expedition down the Mississippi River, and moved to Quito, Ecuador to practice spanish and plan her next adventures.

  • Emma Ascher

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    South Africa & England

    Emma has been teaching and filming for the last three years in South Africa and Thailand. She is an avid underwater videographer who loves documenting what she sees with her camera whenever she can and looks forward to what the Caribbean has to offer!

  • Frances Doran

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor Office Manager
    Second year

    Tortola, BVI

    Fran is from the UK & started diving in 2013. She loves sailing, surfing and all types of watersports. She also has a soft spot for salt & vinegar crisps.

  • Grace Hanson

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Sandy Spring, MD

    Grace studied marine biology with a minor in thanatology at the University of Rhode Island. She has done research in the BVI focusing on coral reefs and fish behavior. Her passion for marine biology knows no bounds and she is happiest while on the water!

  • Grace McKenna

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Second Year

    Baltimore, MD

    Grace was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she volunteered at the National Aquarium and hiked every trail in Patapsco State Park. She is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. She plans to study abroad next fall in Friday Harbor Labs in the San Juan Islands and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. The only thing Grace loves more than the ocean is encouraging others to love the ocean too. There’s no doubt she will be working in outdoor and environmental education for a long time.

  • Hannah Lintott

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor

    England

    Meet Hannah soon.

  • James “Ish” Alexander

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fourth Year

    King of Prussia, PA

    Ish graduated from Prescott College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Adventure Education. His degree came after spending a busy four years tramping and camping around the Arizona desert and much of the western United States. While in school he kept himself busy surfing, skiing, rafting, rock climbing, stargazing, camp firing, and dancing! Upon his return from the Caribbean at the end of last summer he embarked on a three-month road trip that took him from Philadelphia to San Diego, and then up the coast all the way to Juneau, Alaska! Since arriving in Alaska he has been spending his time hiking, exploring the local glaciers, and working as a teacher at the high school!

  • James Catling

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor

    England

    James has been diving since 2009. His favorite underwater activities are side mount diving and protecting the reefs from lionfish. His favorite abovewater activity…a walk on the beach at sunset.

  • Jason Hart

    Sail Caribbean Sail Caribbean Divers Operations Director Dive Coordinator
    Fourth Year

    Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom

    Growing up in England, Jay worked under a carpenter apprenticeship from ages 16 to 19. He originally joined Sail Caribbean Divers in 2012 through our Dive Instructor internship and then moved on to work for Sail Caribbean Teen adventures in 2013. Jay is known on our team for his unmistakable diligence and a strong work ethic as Operations Director, coordinating our land activities, watersports, and all logistics and equipment used during our summer adventures. Following last summer, he remained in the BVI to join the SCD team again as the Watersports Manager and a Dive Instructor. When he does have a spare moment or two, his favorite place to relax is Josiah’s Bay on Tortola.

  • Jen Borderud

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fourth Year

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Born and raised in California, Jen is most at home when close to the sea. She came to us as crew on the Echo program in 2011, and went on to study psychology at Williams College where she played varsity basketball and volleyball. Since 2013, Jen rose from Mate to Captain to Program Director of our Delta, Foxtrot and Tango programs, and worked year-round guiding Sail Caribbean’s program development in 2015. She’s spent the past year in San Francisco working at an outdoor gear store and training for a 250-mile backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail in August.

  • Justin Perry

    Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain Operations
    Seventh Year

    Richardson, TX

    Growing up in East Texas, “Perry” was a land-lubber and had never been diving or sailing before he joined us.  After working with Sail Caribbean, he fell in love with what he does in the Caribbean and decided to trade his wranglers and cowboy boots for swim trunks and fins.  Being a “Jack of all trades” makes his position as a Fleet Captain, coordinating fleet logistics and maintaining boat mechanics, a lot easier. Perry sees working on boats and being on the water a perk rather than a job.

  • Justin Savage

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor

    Meet Justin soon.

  • Karrina Stead

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor
    Second year

    Paraquita Bay, Tortola, BVI

    Kina started diving in 2004, and enjoys all marine life and teaching all diving courses, but she is truly passionate about tea.

  • Kim Stolte

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    Kim is a retired RN and mother of three boys. She’s been diving for 10 years and working as a Dive Professional since 2015.

  • Kit Arton

    Sail Caribbean Divers Captain PADI Staff Instructor
    Seventh Year

    Tortola, BVI

    Kit has been diving since he was 10 years old, and has been a dive instructor since he was 18. Before moving to Sail Caribbean Divers in 2010, he worked as a dive instructor on the South coast of England, and also taught snowboarding in Canada. In his spare time he loves to rock climb around the various cliffs of the BVI.

  • Kyra Benforte

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    New York City, NY

    Kyra grew up in New York City and currently attends the University of Richmond in Virginia. She joined us a student on the Bravo, Delta, and Foxtrot adventures. Kyra won the award for “Most Likely to Break Into Dance!” at the ending ceremony of her Delta adventure. She has sailed extensively throughout the BVI and Italy, and is an expert snorkeler!

  • Lauren Rowsey

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Houston, TX

    Lauren is starting her fourth year this fall at the University of Texas at Austin studying Marine and Freshwater Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Lauren has loved the ocean since infancy after spending summer vacations and every free weekend on the coast, either in Texas or California with family. During her undergraduate career, she has worked in two research labs, studied fish behavior in Mexico, and interned at SEACAMP San Diego. Lauren found her passion for marine science as a student at SEACAMP, and hopes to pass on that excitement to future students at Sail Caribbean.

  • Lauren Stewart

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Lake Huron, Canada

    Growing up on Lake Huron in Canada, Lauren has enjoyed everything that has to do with water since she was a little girl. Sailing, paddle boarding, wind surfing, beaching, you name it — she was born for the sea! A lover of travel and adventures, she enjoys learning about different cultures. Outgoing, fun-loving and down to earth, Lauren is currently in her third year of university at the Richard Ivey School of Business in Ontario focusing her studies on Leadership, specifically character development. Having sailed in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Pacific, her passion for sailing has deepened and led to the achievement of her Yachtmaster last summer in Spain.

  • Lindley Barrow

    Sail Caribbean Program Director Marine Science Director
    Third Year

    Raleigh, NC

    Lindley graduated from University of Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Science. She enjoyed working as a science camp coordinator for the university’s Planetarium and Science Center for three years. In 2013, Lindley moved to Costa Rica for six months to pursue a career as a scuba diving instructor. Since then, she has found ways to incorporate her passion for scuba diving with her experience in education by teaching scuba and marine science with Sail Caribbean. When she is not teaching in North Carolina or the Caribbean, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, cooking for friends, and spending as much time as possible with her niece and nephews.  Lindley’s future will hopefully be full of travels and informal science education opportunities worldwide!

  • Lindsay Walsh

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Centerport, NY

    Lindsay just finished her first year at Siena College studying Marketing. Growing up on Long Island, she spends a majority of her time on the water. She grew up sailing for her yacht club and spent summers sailing with her local beach. She even was on her high school’s sailing team for three years. Lindsay has a passion not only for sailing but for scuba diving as well, having gained her Advanced Open water certification through her previous years as a student at Sail Caribbean.

  • Liz Deveau

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    Second Year

    Revere, MA

    Liz grew up in a small town on the North shore of Massachusetts where she began sailing at 8 years old. She was on the sailing team at the University of New Hampshire where she earned degrees in Marine Biology and English Literature. Liz is joining us for a second summer, escaping the bitter cold, rough seas, and floating ice packs of the Bering Sea where she works during the rest of the year in fisheries management data collection through NOAA.

  • Liz Jones

    Sail Caribbean Mate
    First Year

    Austin, TX

    Liz, also known as just “Jones”, grew up in the heart of Austin, Texas. From childhood, Liz loved to be outside and, with the encouragement of her parents, spent all her free time exploring the natural environment. She grew to be an avid hiker, climber and camper, above all cherishing her family’s weekend trips to the Texas coast. There, she discovered her love and enthusiasm for the sea. During a gap year after graduating high school, Liz had the opportunity to participate in a 3-month-long backcountry expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School, during which she was able to backpack, rock-climb, sea kayak and, finally, sail: a life-long dream! This experience only cemented her plans to begin studying marine biology and working towards a career in outdoor education. Liz is currently doing just that, and fulfilling her dream of living near the ocean, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When she’s not outside taking advantage of the beautiful campus, Liz enjoys playing the guitar, cooking and writing.

  • Mark Kennedy

    Sail Caribbean Captain
    First Year

    Dublin, Ireland

    Mark has just completed his third and final year in Colaiste Dhulaigh, achieving a Higher National Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Management. This is where he trained as a power boat, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, climbing and mountaineering instructor. He has worked in the Desolation Wilderness in Eldorado County, California, where he lived in a tent for three months and delivered leadership programs to students of all ages through the medium of true wilderness. This was a life changing experience for him and where he developed his love for sharing his skills and knowledge with his students and learned how to develop their true potential.

  • Melisande Rowe

    Sail Caribbean Divers Dive Director
    Eighteenth Year

    Brandywine Bay, Tortola, BVI

    This Texan chose scuba fins over cowboy boots as Sail Caribbean’s Dive Director and master scuba instructor. Melisande put her know-how into practice to develop an outstanding program of dive education for Sail Caribbean’s teen summer scuba adventures. Melisande concentrates her managerial efforts solely on Sail Caribbean Divers, our year-round dive operation in the British Virgin Islands, which holds PADI’s highest ranking as a 5-star Gold Palm Instructor Development Dive Center.

  • Melissa Hart

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor

    Canada

    Melissa started diving in 2011 in Alberta, Canada, but got distracted by amazing underwater life and started sharing the passion with divers as soon as she could become an instructor.

  • Mike Liese

    Mike Liese

    Sail Caribbean Founder/Director
    Thirty-Sixth Year

    Northport, NY

    Mike Liese is a sailor – he grew up on the waters of Long Island Sound. He’s also a father, grandfather, educator, and most of all a mentor. After obtaining his Masters in Education from Penn State University, Mike spent the next 17 years in education, first as a high school teacher and later as director of the Alternative School Program at Harborfields HS in New York. In 1979, he made a life-changing decision to combine his passion for teaching with his love of sailing – Sail Caribbean. More than thirty years later, Mike remains committed to his original vision of empowering young people to reach heights they might never have thought possible.

  • Mike Rowe

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Course Director
    Fourteenth Year

    Brandywine Bay, Tortola, BVI

    Mike is the BVI’s only resident PADI Course Director, PADI’s highest certification level. He makes the toughest tasks seem easy and his enthusiasm for the job is infectious. As a PADI-certified Course Director, Mike is “an instructor of instructors”, having certified well over 800 dive professionals. With more than 25 years in the dive industry, we consider him invaluable.

  • Natalie Cibel

    Sail Caribbean Provisions Manager/Mate
    First Year

    Washington, D.C.

    Natalie grew up in Washington, D.C. and currently attends the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Oceanography. Currently, she is a proud member of the UNCW sailing team, travelling to different schools along the east coast to compete in regattas. Natalie was a Sail Caribbean student for our Foxtrot adventure and won “Most Likely to be Best Chef” aboard Geneva (her crew’s catamaran).

  • Oliver Bierman-Lytle

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Fourth Year

    Denver, CO

    After earning a Biology degree from Kenyon College, Oliver travelled the world; sailing from Singapore to Indonesia, studying coral reefs in Bali, and teaching ecology and running a sailing program in Abu Dhabi. Oliver is currently teaching high school Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science and Sustainability at Brunswick School in CT. There, he is also developing a high school program providing students with the opportunity to work alongside researchers in the field as they study the complex life history of Great White and Tiger Sharks; an effort to develop global conservation policies to protect these keystone species.

  • Rachel Lawns

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor

    England

    Rachael learned to dive with her dad in 2003 and has a passion for being on the sea (above or below). She is committed to exploring the underwater world and one day hopes to have trained “Fang” the Great Barracuda to do her every bidding.

  • Renée Thibodeaux

    Sail Caribbean Program Director
    Third Year

    Durango, CO

    Two titles predominantly define Renee: a learner and an educator. These two titles are the tickets to her expanding view of the world. As a learner, she is driven to seek experience throughout the world that is rich with culture, diversity, and adventure. At a young age, she met the deserts of the southwest and has pursued their warm, red company headlong ever since, finding herself among their arches and canyon walls well into her adult years. She graduated from Prescott College in 2015 with a degree in Secondary Education and in Adventure Education. During her time at Prescott College, she discovered the driving force of an educator in her. She taught for several weeks in schools scattered throughout Arizona, eventually finding herself as a 9th grade physics teacher at a school in San Diego. Since graduating, she has continued to seek experience and adventure throughout the southwestern United States, taking the lessons she’s learned along the way and sharing them with students of all types in all parts of the world.

  • Ryan Green

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor

    England

    Ryan has been diving since 2004 and has made a reputation for himself with bright pink fins that fit snugly on his size 14 feet. Fins, who needs ’em? Maybe that’s why the trunk fish is one of his favorite fish.

  • Ryan Smith

    Sail Caribbean Social Media Coordinator Program Consultant
    Second Year

    King of Prussia, PA

    Ryan loves making Sail Caribbean’s extraordinary adventures visible to the public on social media. During the summer, she works hard to keep everyone connected with daily trip blogs and plenty of stunning media. After graduating from Penn State in 2015 with a degree in Public Relations and French, she joined us for her first summer in the British Virgin Islands, followed by the big move to SC Headquarters ‘on the Island’ to work full time. When she’s not neck-deep in media files, you’ll find her kicking back with some jams and her trusty kitty sidekick, Lucy.

  • Sara Stone

    Sail Caribbean Sailing Director
    Third Year

    London, United Kingdom

    A lover of the ocean, Sara grew up sailing and racing in coastal Massachusetts and has been teaching sailing since the age of 16. Sara has sailed all around the Elizabeth Islands where she grew up, explored the pacific coast of Central America by sailboat, traversed the Panama Canal and more. When not at Sail Caribbean, Sara works in Public Health and currently lives in London as she finishes up a Masters of Science degree in the Control of Infectious Diseases – not quite in sight of the sea but close enough to travel to the Mediterranean for short sailing adventures!

  • Tyler Hart

    Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor

    Canada

    Tyler is an outdoor enthusiast, loves teaching people and exploring the world. His secret hobby is dirt-biking!

  • Will Steward

    Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain
    Third Year

    Haslemer, United Kingdom

    Currently studying for a Master’s degree in Marine Biology, Will has a passion for anything to do with the ocean. Be it sailing, scuba diving or trying to find his favorite underwater creature (nudibranchs!), it’s safe to say Will is in his element working with Sail Caribbean! Having gained his Divemaster qualification in Fiji, he went on to work in Zanzibar before coming to the BVI where he gained his Instructor qualification with Sail Caribbean Divers.

The Sail Caribbean Team

You’ll learn from talented expert instructors who will become your mentors and friends. Look forward to high-energy, action-oriented people who are definitely FUN to be around! With a variety of backgrounds and interests, they are enthusiastic about teaching you what they know. But Sail Caribbean staff will not only teach you – they will empower you! Imagine having a teacher, parent and friend who is always there for you at every challenge making it fun, and cheering you on at each success. Our leaders are those kinds of people. They’ve worked with teens before, but they don’t consider it work at all – they love it!

Alex Polli

Fleet Captain

Alyssa Fabyan

Captain ASA Instructor

Aoife Smeaton

Fleet Captain Provisions Manager

Ben Goldsmith

Mate

Beta Eaton

Program Director

Betsy Flournoy

Photographer

Brad Stephens

Operations

Brian Chambers

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Cass Colman

Program Director

Ciarán Gibbons

Captain

Cli Walsh

BVI Office Manager

Clodagh Somers

Fleet Captain

Courtney Sarik

Captain

Curtis Crooke

Program Director

Dale Daku

Captain PADI Master Instructor

Daniel Warburton

PADI Open Water Instructor

David Peters

Captain PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Emily Graf

Mate PADI Open Water Instructor

Emily Knudson

Provisions Manager/Mate

Emma Ascher

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Frances Doran

PADI Open Water Instructor Office Manager

Grace Hanson

Mate

Grace McKenna

Captain

Hannah Lintott

PADI Open Water Instructor

James “Ish” Alexander

Program Director

James Catling

PADI Staff Instructor

Jason Hart

Operations Director Dive Coordinator

Jen Borderud

Program Director

Justin Perry

Fleet Captain Operations

Justin Savage

PADI Open Water Instructor

Karrina Stead

PADI Staff Instructor

Kim Stolte

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Kit Arton

Captain PADI Staff Instructor

Kyra Benforte

Mate

Lauren Rowsey

Captain

Lauren Stewart

Captain

Lindley Barrow

Program Director Marine Science Director

Lindsay Walsh

Mate

Liz Deveau

Captain

Liz Jones

Mate

Mark Kennedy

Captain

Melisande Rowe

Dive Director

Melissa Hart

PADI Staff Instructor

Mike Liese

Mike Liese

Founder/Director

Mike Rowe

PADI Course Director

Natalie Cibel

Provisions Manager/Mate

Oliver Bierman-Lytle

Program Director

Rachel Lawns

PADI Staff Instructor

Renée Thibodeaux

Program Director

Ryan Green

PADI Open Water Instructor

Sara Stone

Sailing Director

Tyler Hart

PADI Staff Instructor

Will Steward

Fleet Captain