The amazing staff of Odyssey Expeditions
Odyssey Expeditions' instructors and staff are a highly motivated group of young adults dedicated to the education and positive experience of the participants. Many have been with Odyssey for years, including some who started as Odyssey students. They are selected with great care, evaluating their individual areas of expertise and ability to share and work with young adults. Sailing masters hold Coast Guard licenses, SCUBA instructors are experienced in teaching all levels of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses, and biologists have teaching and professional experience. We maintain a 4 to 1 student to staff ratio. All staff are trained in emergency first-aid and all programs have EMT or WFR trained emergency medical responders. Our staffs are the kind of people who work well both one-on-one and in group situations. Each has a genuine interest in the lives of young adults, strong communication abilities, and entertaining approaches. All strive for appreciation of the differences and opinions of each group member. Our core staff work year round with Odyssey developing education programs, others are college professors, live-aboard dive boat captains, biologists, photographers, students, and adventurers.
We feel the greatest single contribution to making our trips successful is our leaders. We take great care in selecting the people you'll be spending your summer with; quite simply, they are the best.
Founding Program Director, USCG Licensed Sailing Captain, PADI SCUBA
Instructor, PADI Advanced Freediving Instructor, Wilderness Medical First Responder, Marine Biologist, B.S. Zoology ~ Oregon State '92,
Hello, I study coral reef ecology with
in the Journal Of Experimental Marine Ecology and the Journal of Molluscan Biology. I spend lots of my spare time taking photos, sailing, hiking, and coral reef conservation. I assisted in coral reef ecology research under Dr. Mark Hixon of Oregon State University and conducted my thesis research on the ecology of the coral reef fish, Acanthemblemaria spinosa - the spiny head blenny, in Roatan, Honduras. I have been leading educational adventures since 1992.
You can see some of my award winning panoramic science photography published with
, the Journal 'Science',
, Sport Diver and more. I have had work on
at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
Program Director, USCG Licensed Sailing Captain, Sailing Master, PADI SCUBA Instructor, Osmotic Marine Biologist, Wilderness Medical First Responder, B.S. Mechanical Engineering ~ Texas Tech University '92
Hey there, I joined Odyssey Expeditions in 1996 and have led fifty-four awesome voyages. I am in charge of the operations and purchasing logistics. I do lots of travel scuba diving and some of my favorites are Cocos, Costa Rica, Philippines, Palau, Komodo, Papua New Guinea, Galapagos and of course the Caribbean. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean. I love to take underwater photos, and just started "muck diving". Diving with schooling hamerhead sharks and sea lions keep my adrenaline flowing and I enjoy hiking volcanoes. I am thankful that the earth is 70% water. I have two trusty companions who are rescued, Darwin the "Wonder-Dog" who doesn't like water deeper than his knees, and Pirate Sweet Petey who is always hungry and ready to go do anything. You can check out my travel photos here: Instagram - Jon Buchheim
Hi, I'm Sara the office manager who having spent eighteen summers teaching adventure activities in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, now work in the Tarpon Springs office. My favorite animal underwater is the Nudibranchs, so many color and designs. I love to night dive and to share my adventure stories. In my spare time you can find me surrounded by four legged friends of the doggy variety.
Joined by an awesome team of 7 to explore the ocean world!
I am a young, dedicated professional skipper who believes in the safety of his guests above all else. My sailing education includes RYA YachtMaster Ocean and ASA Certification. I am also a PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor in addition to my tenure as a full-time Moorings/ Sunsail skipper. My hobbies include music, TV, home and interior design, gardening and fishing . You will find me often planning out the next phase of my home, which I helped design one on one with a local architect or jamming out to the next top hit on the pop charts to relax and recharge.
- Marine Biologist
- Dive Instructor
Hi, I am Ana from Cancun, Mexico. I learned to dive when I was 18 years-old and I became PADI Scuba Diving Instructor in 2008. My degree in Archaeology allowed me to become a CMAS Instructor of Underwater Archaeology in 2012. In 2011 I completed a Master in Coastal Oceanography in order to understand the physical and biological processes that affect the conservation of shipwrecks. When I am not working as professor of Cultural Tourism at a local University in Cancun I am pursuing my passion for the ocean either as archaeologist and/or scuba diving instructor in countries such as Mexico, Peru, U.S., BVI, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. In the near future, I aspire to become a Full-Cave Diver and to earn my first professional sailing certification. For me it is such an honor to take part of another amazing summer with Odyssey Expeditions.
- Marine Biologist
- Dive Instructor
Hey! I fell in love with the ocean from afar while attending grade school in Alberta, Canada. From there I pursued various routes which got me involved with the ocean, including getting my open water certification at just 11 years old and attending Odyssey as a student for two summers back when I was in highschool. Since then, I have been diving in various places around the world with a list that continues to grow. I now attend the University of Victoria in the beautiful British Columbia (Canada), where I study marine biology and work as a scuba diving instructor in our cold but thriving waters. With a strong love for marine ecosystems, I aspire to pursue a career in marine conservation and education.
- Marine Biologist
- Dive Instructor
Ahoy! Originally from New York, I completed my bachelors degree in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami. While there I had the opportunity to work in a lab studying the effects of ocean acidification on the development of juvenile cobia, work with the RJ Marine Conservation Program on their shark tagging and sampling excursions, and train in the methods of the Global Underwater Explorers as a scientific diver. After graduating, I had the opportunity to sail aboard the schooner Roseway as a sea cook, deckhand, educator. Since then, I've let my diving guide my travels from the Caribbeans, Australia, and Thailand. As a Marine Biologist, I place the utmost care into being environmentally aware while diving and leaving the least impact possible, something I try to stress to my students as well. Most of my diving experience has been in Caribbean waters so I'm excited to get to share the experience with incoming program participants.
Hi, I'm Ema, I'm a student of Philosophy and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland (if I had a penny every time someone asked me if I'd found my Prince yet!). Ever since my siblings and I finally convinced my mum to let us try diving, all four of us were hooked! For the next five years, the triplets (fun fact about me) spent all day, every day of the annual family holiday to Greece helping at the local dive centre in return for a heavy discount on diving. On one trip, I persuaded a client not to return to the boat, helping her through her problem instead, this was when I realised how rewarding sharing the experience with someone can be. I also had brilliant motivation, as the client's partner was planning an underwater proposal, which subsequently went off without a hitch! I am a past student of Odyssey's and my experience with them cemented my love of diving for good. Six years on, I am so happy I get to see and help others enjoy their Odyssey voyage as much as I did, and show them how incredible the underwater world can be!
Born in Australia, but raised in UK where I learnt to dive. Have now dived professionally all over the world for over 10 years, from island resorts to liveaboard dive expedition yachts, but the bucket list continues. My passion for watersports extends to kite surfing, sailing and freediving,and I'm also a jet ski-ing and fly board instructor. Love travelling, getting off the beaten track and challenging myself. Have just recently returned from an Antarctic expedition yacht where I drove zodiac tenders, seeing seals, orcas and of course penguins. One day I hope to dive there too. Looking forward to sharing scuba diving and sailing experiences again with Odyssey and keeping dreams alive!
Hi, I am Rodrigo a Padi Master Instructor and boat captain. I was introduced to Odyssey by an amazing friend Andreia who worked along the group last season but unfortunately she got hurt and couldn't jump in for 2016. I think it is an incredible project and I am very happy to be part of it. The funny thing is that my graduation was in something completely different from the dive industry. My bachelor was in Law, but back in 1997 I had my very first experience in diving when got my Open Water certification and got completely hooked. It was something so unique that made me to rethink on how I wish to move my live on. So I quit all that "office" stuff and in 2009 I decided to move to the next level and became a full-time dive instructor and since then I have been only doing dive for a living. I am completely involved in the industry as a full-time instructor and have been working in different areas of the industry such as: cave diving, technical diving, CCR (re-breathers), live aboard expeditions, boat operations, dive center management, sales and so on.
Our Staff are what make Odyssey amazing!
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