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 spent the off season of 2016 in San Francisco working at an outdoor gear store and training for a 250-mile backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail which took place in August. Jen now lives in Bocas Del Toro, Panama working as the Student Affairs Manager at the School for Field Studies in the Archipelago.
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 recently graduated university at the Richard Ivey School of Business in Ontario focusing her studies on Leadership. Having sailed in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Pacific, her passion for sailing has deepened and led to the achievement of her Yachtmaster in Spain and Gibraltar in 2015.
Originally from North Carolina, 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. Lindley is
currently teaching English and Science in Madrid, Spain and loving the Spanish way of life. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
Lauren (aka Rowsey) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin last fall with a major in Marine and Freshwater Biology and a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies. She has loved the ocean since infancy and currently lives in a small Texas beach town researching how fish breathe and swim after exposure to oil. Rowsey loves to travel anywhere with a beach and play in the water with all types of sea life including her spirit animal – the California sea lion. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in fish physiology and ecology, but only after spending more time in outdoor education teaching others how awesome the ocean is!
Growing up in Northern Virginia, Courtney enjoys all elements of the outdoors. She graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Intelligence Analysis. This coming fall, she will start her journey at medical school to become a Physical Therapy assistant. Her true love for the outdoors lies not only within her own adventures but also in inspiring and teaching others. Ever since she could walk, her feet were on skis and snow, and in the summers she would backpack and sail. As a certified ski instructor, ASA sailing instructor, PADI OW Diver, and a licensed USCG Captain, Courtney is always looking for the next skill that she can learn and teach. On days off, she will go kayaking or hiking, but truly loves to bake up some incredible desserts!
Growing up in Ireland, Mike became a Sailing Instructor in 2007. Having taught in Ireland for a few years, he discovered he could use his instructor certifications as an international passport to travel and adventure. Since then he has enjoyed working in the US, Australia and Canada. Graduating in 2014 with a BSc in Environmental Biology from University College Dublin, Mike decided that real jobs were for grownups and moved to Whistler, BC to become a ski instructor. He is looking forward to seeing what the Caribbean has to offer this year!
James “Ish” Alexander
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. Since graduating from school he has kept himself busy surfing, skiing, rafting, rock climbing, stargazing, camp firing, and dancing! Over the last couple of years he has split time between the BVI, Arizona, California, and Alaska! He is excited to return for another summer with SC before moving down to the islands full time in the fall!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.