|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.
Chef Chace Gaudreau grew up in a small town outside of New York City, learning in his formative years how to cook from his father, a former Chef. This instilled in him at a young age a love for the culinary arts. He moved to Denver, Colorado to further his cooking career in a different city and worked his way to Head Chef of a small Italian bistro, Chef Chace set his sights higher, and found himself in a line chef position under “Top Chef” champion, Jon Tasar. After several years in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Chef Chace took to the seas with the Aggressor Fleet to put his culinary prowess to the test in the vibrant blue waters of Turks and Caicos. He is a newly certified diver and very excited about experiencing all that the islands have to offer underwater.
Meet the Crew