Adam has been in the outdoor education industry for the past eight years. He has been with Sail Caribbean for the last four years as a fleet captain, captain and in the 2019 season as a member of the on land support crew.
Sail Caribbean Captain / Mate / Mate-In-Training
Mason City, IA
Adrian is from small town Iowa, and attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aeronautical Science. He started sailing at the age of 14 with a Hobie Cat Wave in a small lake behind his house and has been in love ever since the first time the wind caught his sails. He has always had a fascination for the oceans and its awesome inhabitants (especially Spotted Eagle Rays), but he was not satisfied having to be so far away from an ocean. So Adrian enrolled with Sail Caribbean for his first program in 2016 and enjoyed it so much that he has been back every summer since. He is now in his second year as Sail Caribbean Staff.
Sail Caribbean Mate-In-Training
Nova Scotia, Canada
Alex is from Nova Scotia, Canada and has just finished her first year studying international relations at Carleton University. Alex swam and coached competitive swimming for several years. Alex also volunteers at the local Ronald MacDonald house. She spent her senior year on a 60m tall ship and visited over 20 ports. Her hobbies include travelling and being around the ocean. Alex is super excited for an awesome summer!
Sail Caribbean Mate / Medical Officer
Growing up next to the beautiful Delaware River in rural NJ, Stasia has always been a fan of water and the natural world around her. Stasia moved to the warm south for college to sail, explore, and to always be able to go outside (even in the pouring rain). She just graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida with a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish. During her time in college, she became a WEMT for the college and joined the rugby team. At Eckerd, she has fallen in love with coastal wetlands and mangroves. She hopes to go to graduate school in the future for environmental philosophy and to teach others about the importance of the natural world. Stasia’s love for the ocean definitely grew when she was a camper at Sail Caribbean participating in the Foxtrot and Sierra clubs when she was younger and looks forward to inspiring campers just as she was inspired.
Andrew “Powell” Forshaw
Sail Caribbean Mate / Mate-In- Training
Powell is an avid outdoors-man. His passions include surfing, fishing, diving, and of course sailing. Powell learned about the Sail Caribbean program from a friend and discovered his passion for sailing and living on the sea over the summer of 2017. He was excited to earn his sailing and diving certifications, but his favorite memory was the overnight sail to the leeward islands. Powell is still a keen power boater and fisherman but he envisions a lot more sailing in his future.
Sail Caribbean Program Director/ Fleet Captain/ Captain / Mate
Arter grew up on the coast of Maine and has been sailing his entire life. After graduating high school, he sailed from Maine to the Bahamas with a friend. Previously, Arter worked as the keel boat sailing coach for the Portland Yacht Club. He is also an avid J24 racer. He holds a US Captain’s license with sailing and towing endorsements. Currently Arter attends the University of Maine and is studying Mechanical Engineering and Math. During the summer, he enjoys sailing the coast of Maine and spending Saturdays with the boys.
Sail Caribbean Mate / Videographer
Andrew is headed into his fourth year with Sail Caribbean, after falling in love with the program at the age of 18 when he was a student on Alpha. Andrew grew up in the rainy Pacific Northwest. And he enjoys hiking, camping, and mountain biking through Oregon’s diverse terrain. Andrew is currently pursuing a career in commercial and documentary filmmaking, which he is happy to utilize in making content for Sail Caribbean. Andrew hopes to impart the incredible experience he had as a camper onto the next generation of students.
From a beach town in New Jersey, Ava has always stayed close to the water and considers it her happy place. Coming into her 3rd summer as a staff member, she is excited to spend more time in the beautiful BVI and share her love of Sail Caribbean with everyone she encounters. Going into her senior year at Florida State University studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, she recently studied abroad in Panama City, Panama in Fall 2019 and just this past May got her divemaster on the island of Utila, Honduras. At school, Ava is a team member at the Wildlife Conservation Center and can’t wait to teach about the different conservation efforts that SC leads. With a high energy personality and love of her fellow staff members and students, Ava looks forward to an amazing summer!!
Sail Caribbean Program Consultant/ Social Media Coordinator
Meet Callie soon!
Sail Caribbean Travel Coordinator
Twenty Eighth Year
Meet Carol soon!
Sail Caribbean Captain
Claire is finishing her fourth year at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in architecture. However, in the fall, she will be moving to Manhattan to teach elementary school! She grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, but spent her summers racing Optimists and Lasers in regattas up and down the East Coast. For three summers during high school, she shared her love for racing by coaching Optimists on the Chesapeake Bay. On her days off during these summers, she was able to enjoy water skiing, wake boarding and paddle boarding with her family’s three water-loving dogs! The past two summers, however, she was thrilled to join the Sail Caribbean family and come on board as Sail Staff. In Charlottesville, when she escapes from the A-School, Claire frequents the farmers market, local concerts, and enjoys discovering new restaurants. This summer, she can’t wait to share her love for sailing and other water activities with all of
Sail Caribbean Social Media Coordinator / Provisions Manager & Mate / BVI Office Manager
Mason City, IA
Having been raised in the land-locked state of Iowa gave Daniella a special love for the sea. Even before Moana! Many times, she had to settle for exploring her backyard lake until her next rendezvous with the great big blue. This will be Daniella’s first year with the Sail Caribbean team. Prior to Sail Caribbean, Daniella worked as a camp counselor for Camp Adventure, a student run camp on American military bases and embassies worldwide serving children of the United States service men and women, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As a senior at the University of Iowa, Daniella is majoring in Communication Studies, minoring in International Relations, as well as earning a certificate in Event Planning. When she’s able to catch her breath in between studying, Daniella enjoys practicing her hobbies as a self-proclaimed amateur photographer, horseback rider, kayaker, and an ice cream enthusiast.
Sail Caribbean Dive Coordinator
Emily started diving in 2013 and quickly developed a passion for marine life. She is currently living on Tortola working as a PADI Scuba Instructor year round for Sail Caribbean Divers. 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 scientist 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.
Sail Caribbean Captain/Mate/Mate-In-Training
Lake Huron, Canada
Born and raised on the shore of Lake Huron in a small beach town of Grand Bend, Canada has put the love of the outdoors and travelling in her blood. Emily is currently a senior at Laurentian University in their Outdoor Adventure Leadership program as well as completing their Concurrent Education Program, where she obtained her Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. She first joined Sail Caribbean as a student in 2012 and returned every year afterwards, in a wide variety of programs to ensure she got the full Sail Caribbean experience. She has many boiling passions that range from athletics, the outdoors and exploring the world. She is looking forward to her third summer at SC and sharing her passion for the outdoors with others and educating them in more ways than one!
Sail Caribbean Mate / Divemaster
Jackie is a year graduated from Eckerd College where she majored in environmental studies with a focus in marine biology. She is originally from Northern Virginia where she grew up exploring the outdoors and taking interest in the environment. As she traveled abroad to explore and study in Honduras and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, her passion for environmental conservation and marine ecosystems flourished. Her love for nature and the ocean led her to work with the Coral Restoration Foundation planting young corals throughout the Florida Keys reef system. In the last seven months she lived aboard a traditional brigantine as deckhand for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute where she taught inner city youth topsail programs. Jackie just recently completed her PADI dive master with the Sail Caribbean Divers upon arriving to the British Virgin Islands this summer. She is looking forward to sharing the beauty of sailing and the underwater world with her campers along with making new friendship and lasting memories this summer.
Sail Caribbean Head of Admissions & Family Relations
Jackie grew up on the shores of Long Island; her summers were (and are) spent at Robert Moses. She attended New York Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. Before joining the Sail Caribbean team, Jackie worked at a small, family-owned party store where she spent her teen years moving up the ranks from “balloon assistant” to store manager. Going into her sixth summer at SC, Jackie’s no longer in the party game, but can still build a balloon arch in no time! What does Jackie do in her free time? You’ll more than likely find her gallivanting with her nephew, hitting up the dance floor at a local spot, singing along at a concert or working hard in a Spin class…yes, she’s one of those!
Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Staff Instructor
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.
Sail Caribbean Divers Dive Director
Jason arrived in 2011 as a divemaster intern and spent four summers working for Sail Caribbean. He has since then joined the Sail Caribbean Divers team. Jason enjoys sailing and sports in his spare time.
Sail Caribbean Sail Staff Director
Santa Barbara, CA
Jen is a proud Southern Californian that refers to freeways and interstates by saying “the” and then a number. She has worked at Sail Caribbean since 2013 after doing the Echo Program as a college student in 2011. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, MA and since graduation has made a pretty strong commitment to never having to experience winter ever again. She has worked in international, outdoor, and adventure education for almost seven years and shows no signs of going to med school like she always told her parents she would. She has led and managed surf programs in Costa Rica, study abroad semesters in Panama, and trail crews in various regions of America. She also boasts average competency on an acoustic guitar and she cannot play Freebird or Wonderwall. Going into her seventh season with Sail Caribbean, she still feels incredibly lucky to get to return to the BVI and the many friendly faces and places it holds. The saying holds true that there may indeed be nothing better in life than messing about on boats.
Kyra grew up in New York City and graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia in May. She joined us as a student on Bravo, Foxtrot, and Delta. For the past three summers Kyra was a Mate on both Tango and Foxtrot and a Provisions Manager for Foxtrot and Charlie, after completing the Echo college program. After the summer, she plans to spend time traveling and then begin her post-grad career.
Sail Caribbean Mate / Mate-In- Training
Melissa is joining us for her third season at Sail Caribbean. She is an alum from the Mate-In-Training program and has been thriving in the company ever since! She is originally from England but has spent the majority of her life in the mountains of Montana where she found her love and passion for outdoor adventure. She is an avid skier in the winter and a lover of sunshine and good times on the water in the summer! Melissa is headed into her final year at Montana State University where she studies Exercise Science with the goal of going on to Perfusion School. She is so excited for more salty adventures and to create unforgettable memories this coming summer!
Sail Caribbean Founder/Director
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 seventeen 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.
Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Course Director
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.
Sail Caribbean Marine Science Director
Eighth Year!! After earning a Biology degree from Kenyon College, Oliver traveled the world; sailing from Singapore to Indonesia, studying coral reef health in Bali, and teaching coastal ecology while running a sailing program in Abu Dhabi. Oliver returned to the USA to pursue his passion for education. After being trained in Sun Valley, Idaho in classroom teaching and outdoor education, Oliver found his way to the Brunswick School in CT. Oliver teaches high school level biology, marine biology, and environmental science & sustainability. Outside of the classroom, he leads students into the back country in VT. He has helped develop a research program where students join a science team in the field as they are trying to crack the complex life history of White Sharks. This is an effort to develop global conservation policies to protect these keystone species.
Sail Caribbean Divers PADI Open Water Instructor
Oz is a British and Israeli citizen and grew up in Israel. He spent 3 years in the Navy as a Submarine Mechanic. Oz has been diving since he was 12 and has been a Dive Instructor for 3 years working as an instructor in Eilat on the Red Sea and on the Island of Santorini in Greece. Oz is passionate about scuba diving, the sea, and sports in general. After his love of diving, Oz enjoys boat and car mechanics.
Sail Caribbean Mate/Mate-In-Training
Growing up in California on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Riley has always known the outdoor life. His introduction to ocean sports began in the cold water of northern California. In the last two summers, his jobs on Catalina Island have included work as a kayak tour guide and working at a local SCUBA shop. Seven months were spent sailing an old schooner in the Bahamas, and he has sailed on two offshore transits. His hobbies include rock climbing, off-road cycling, diving and photography.
Sail Caribbean Mate
Ryan is from Annapolis, MD, where he has been sailing his entire life. He was the Head Instructor for two years at the Magothy River Sailing Association’s Junior Training program and enjoys all manor of watersports, including dinghy racing, ocean racing, cruising wakeboarding, and exploring with his jon boat. He recently graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American in Track and Cross Country. He has represented his mother’s homeland of Ireland as a member of Athletics Team Ireland, and was the 2018 Irish 5000m champion. When not sailing, he enjoys backcountry and park skiing, running, and finding adventure in everyday life.
Sail Caribbean Captain / Mate
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Tess has always loved the outdoors and the ocean. Her hobbies include skiing, painting, playing with dogs, and hammock-ing. She has been sailing since she was six, and loves all aspects of being out on the water. She is currently finishing her junior year as a marine science and astronomy major. This is her second summer at Sail Caribbean
and she is super excited to return for another summer!!
Originally from New York, Tim is currently pursuing a BA in Film and Screen Media in Cork, Ireland. A diver from age 13, Tim has learned to Sail and Dive with Sail Caribbean, earning his Rescue Diver and Divemaster certifications over three years. Sail Caribbean opened up a world of exploration to Tim, encouraging him to study abroad in Ireland. Recently, Tim has returned from a year of study at Leeds Trinity University in England. He has been working on a number of short film projects and is eager to start his final year of college in September.
Sail Caribbean Fleet Captain
Haslemere, United Kingdom
Having just completed his Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Southampton, 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!