Kiah is a marine biologist and divemaster from Switzerland, with a BSc in Marine Biology from Newcastle University. She has occupied many roles as a marine biologist including working on a cetacean research vessels in Spain and a coral reef restoration programme in the Mauritius. Most recently she has been working in turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release, as well as eco tourism in the Maldives. Despite having worked on many exciting projects, she’s hoping to find more time out on the boat which is why Sail Caribbean is so perfect! This will be Kiah’s first time in the BVI, so she is excited to see all the marine life and share her joy of the underwater world with everyone there! When she’s not got her head underwater, she loves to play basketball, do various water-sports and also enjoys photography. She can’t wait to meet everyone soon!
Sail Caribbean Mate / Divemaster
Michael is a long-time ocean lover, coming to us with an MSc in Marine Science from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, and before that a BS in Geology and Biology from Hamilton College in upstate NY, where he studied and wrote theses and research in carbonate geochemistry, marine macrophyte physiology and marine geology. He spent time at the USGS Marine Research Center in St. Petersburg, FL as a coral geochemist, where he reconstructed paleo proxy environmental data using isotope and geochemical analysis of corals, and his scientific work spans from the Bahamas Bank and USVI to the Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef. He has also taught marine science at Western Reserve Academy, where he served as dorm master and swim coach. He comes to us as a PADI Divemaster and First Mate and a spirit of adventure, and he can’t wait to share what he’s learned with inspired students!
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!