|Captain Amanda Smith, |
If you had asked her where she saw herself in the future 10 years ago; Captain of the TURKS & CAICOS AGGRESSOR II™ is not something that she would have foreseen. Still here she is and enjoying it immensely. Very different from the claims department of an insurance company, of which she was a Claim Manager for several years.
Having always enjoyed the outdoors; rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking, scuba diving just seemed like a natural progression, another challenge to conquer. Turkey was the destination to start it all off, followed by some extensive diving in the chilly waters of the UK. And so started a passion that has endured.
Even now having been onboard the Aggressor in Turks & Caicos for over five years she is still discovering different and sometimes unusual critters and if not different then just enjoying the behaviour of the usual suspects. Add to that the chance to share these underwater treasures with our guests – the perfect job! Marine animals of all shapes and sizes: sharks, turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, snails and slugs to name but a few and of course the much under appreciated sea cucumber – someone has to love them – Amanda is that person!
Always a lover of the ocean, Rob started diving when he was just eighteen years of age and very quickly became an instructor, diving between the UK, from where he originates and Egypt. A mechanic by trade, working on Land Rovers and Jaguars, he discovered that he could transfer his skills from car to marine and worked in the Maldives for a short while before settling in the Turks & Caicos Islands working first for a day boat operator and now onboard the Aggressor, where you can find him either tinkering with the engines or shooting underwater stills.
Christie Weaver Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Christy grew up visiting the Jersey Shore every summer where she fell in love with horseshoe crabs and all things in the ocean. That is where her passion for diving began. She became a dive instructor while working on her Masters degree in marine biology in Australia. After completing her degree she participated in a wide variety of research projects including the longest running study of sharks as well as the longest running study of sea turtles. She transitioned from research into working as a dive instructor and built up her sea time to become a captain. During her off time Christy enjoys travelling the world and swimming with as many large animals as possible.
Sarah grew up in New Zealand and obtained a Bachelor Degree majoring in Psychology from the University of Otago. After working in advertising in London, Sarah worked as a chef and deck stewardess in her previous job onboard a super yacht. With years of experience in the yachting industry, her passion for diving and adventure has led her to join The Aggressor. She enjoys the opportunity to put her cooking skills to good use and is excited about continuing her diving education. Sarah is always willing to go the extra mile, never failing to make those around her feel welcome, ensuring everyone visiting us here onboard the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II has a great time.
Originally from Concord, New Hampshire, Brynne Rardin is a recent college graduate from Connecticut College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Art. She has spent many summers gaining cooking experience as a line chef serving hundreds of people a day, as well as inventing new and exciting dishes at home for her family and friends. Although she loves cooking, baking is her real passion. Brynne’s favorite things to bake are cakes and cupcakes because it lets her embrace some of her artistic background and create not only delicious but colorful and inspired works of art with her food. After a semester abroad in New Zealand lead her to discover her love for diving, she decided to pursue her passion for cooking and baking with Aggressor Fleet where she has the privilege of diving with amazing ocean life everyday.
Meet the Crew