One of the world’s few fe­male lux­ury-live­aboard cap­tains shares her pas­sion for her work and her world

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Scuba div­ing was a pas­sion I dis­cov­ered later in my life, and I am en­vi­ous now when I see the young divers that come aboard my home, the M/V Turks & Caicos Ag­gres­sor II, that I was not able to start div­ing much ear­lier. At the same time, I am ex­cited for the ad­ven­tures that await them.

The Ag­gres­sor in Turks and Caicos has not al­ways been my home. Un­til 12 years ago in­surance claims han­dling dom­i­nated my life un­til I dis­cov­ered scuba while on hol­i­day in Turkey. In a very short pe­riod of time I had quit my job, down­sized my prop­erty and was head­ing out to Turks and Caicos. Al­most no­body I knew had heard of the is­lands and, I con­fess, nei­ther had I. In re­al­ity, most of my friends thought that I had moved to Turkey!

As a rookie dive in­struc­tor, with just 300 dives un­der my belt, most of which were in Eng­land, I was about to take on the world of dive in­struc­tion, shar­ing my new­found pas­sion with any­one who would let me, trav­el­ling the length and breadth of the world’s oceans. I made it to Turks and Caicos and stopped! The rest, as they say, is his­tory. I im­me­di­ately fell in love with the div­ing around Turks and Caicos and the cul­ture of the is­lands them­selves. That was 12 years ago.

At the time, I was the proud owner of a small dig­i­tal point-and-shoot cam­era and was de­lighted to have a hous­ing for it. Not once did I shoot that cam­era un­der­wa­ter in Turks and Caicos. In­stead, a housed Nikon D70 was thrust into my hands right from the out­set and I very quickly learnt un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy from Cap­tain Piers, who later went on to be­come my

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