Oliver Bierman-Lytle
Program Director
Fleet Captain

After earning a Biology degree from Kenyon College, Oliver travelled 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 and 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 in an effort to develop global conservation policies to protect these keystone species.

Lindsay Walsh
Provisions Manager

Growing up on Long Island, Lindsay has spent a majority of her time on the water. She joined Sail Caribbean as a student on the Alpha, Charlie, and Echo programs, then became a part of the staff for the past two summers, working her way from a Mate-in-training, to a Mate, to then become a Captain. Lindsay just completed her third year at Siena College studying Sports Marketing and spent the past fall studying in Salzburg, Austria!

Will Steward
Dive Coordinator

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.

Garrett McQuiston
Captain of Zanzibar

Garrett is a student at the University of Michigan where he studies Industrial Operations Engineering and is a member of the Michigan sailing team. Garrett taught himself how to sail when he was 11 years old, and quickly convinced his entire family to join him. He grew up sailing catamarans and small keelboats all over the great lakes. Garrett loves all things outdoors, including fly fishing, paddle boarding, backpacking, and is NAUI scuba certified. In high school, Garrett taught woodworking skills to younger students as an assistant woodshop teacher; and he spent his last summer working as the first mate aboard a charter sailboat on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. In his free time, Garrett loves to test his free-diving skills and building custom longboard skateboards. Garrett loves teaching others fun knots and sailing tactics, and is excited to share his passion for the water this season!

Erika Florian
Captain of Fidji

Erika is in her third year studying Nursing at Montana State University in Bozeman. She grew up ski racing in the winters and sailing in the summers on the East coast, & is now living out west in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is an outdoor activity mecca; she is an avid backcountry skier, ski racing coach, rock climber, mountain biker, she will do virtually anything to get outside. Erika is a certified Wilderness First Responder along with a Rescue Scuba Diver, and hopes to further her education in the medical field to eventually become a travel nurse. She has traveled all over the globe from teaching English in Cambodia, to serving two months aboard a tall ship, to being appointed as a Watch Captain teaching coastal sailors the skills of offshore sailing. Her favorite motto is “Learn to live, live to learn” and is excited to share all of her experiences with you both in, out, and on the water.

Emily Mussio
Mate of Zanzibar

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Keiley James
Mate of Fidji

Keiley is originally from Atlanta, GA, but has lived on Tybee Island for a lot of her life, where she developed a passion for marine biology, conservation, and of course, sailing! Currently, Keiley is a student at the University of Georgia, where she majors in Marine Biology, and is a member of the school’s sailing team. She recently went on a program where she sailed a tall ship in the Caribbean, and conducted marine biological research. Keiley is a very friendly and understanding shipmate, and is very excited to spend the summer sailing with some really awesome individuals!