Chef/Mate: Lauren L. Bethune
Justin has loved the sea since he began racing sailboats at the age of seven. His adventurous spirit has taken him to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and throughout the Caribbean and Europe. He holds both British and US passports. He has an Aeronautical Engineering Diploma from East Surrey College in England. Justin spent time in Antarctica with the United States Antarctica Program with Raytheon Polar Services. He served as mate on the 80’ custom live aboard dive yacht Nekton Rorical in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as captain/manager at Waters Edge Sports overseeing the operation and maintenance of seven upscale 50’ Sea Rays. He has spent many days showing guests the wonders of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Some of his guests have included Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Cat Blanchett and Sterling Martin.
Justin holds a U.S. Masters Captains License with STCW and Sailing Endorsement. He is a PADI Certified Rescue Diver with CPR certification. He also holds a Black Belt in karate.
Justin’s adventurous side is well balanced by his laid-back, easy-going personality. You set the pace; Justin will be at your side making sure you have a vacation filled with lifetime memories.
Lauren has been associated with the crewed charter yacht business for two years. Her primary duty during this time has been as a dive instructor on Catnap, Charme, Serendy and Tomcat. She is a PADI Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor with Emergency First Responder status including First Aid and Adult and Child CPR.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with concentration in chemistry and a minor in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also completed their pre-med program. She also studied at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a Scientific Research Diver, In Water and Underwater Search and Recovery and Rescue. She is Saturation and Nitrox dive certified. Before coming to the Virgin Island in 2005, she worked for NOAA as a scientific research diver, underwater photographer, research analyst, lab technician, experimental design coordinator and site analyst in Akumal, Mexico, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and Florida. Lauren obviously enjoys the wonders of the sea. She has dived and traveled six of the seven continents.
As a young teenager, Lauren worked in her mother’s catering company located in North Carolina. She later taught Foreign Cuisine classes in Thailand. During the past year, Lauren has received extensive culinary training and has prepared and served numerous meals on charter.
Another side of Lauren is her love for kids. Much of her travel was as a paid professional nanny for wealthy families. She has worked extensively with learning disabled kids and those with various handicaps. Lauren’s southern upbringing, quest for life, and patient, warm manner translates into a gracious yet adventuresome hostess who will delight your palette and satisfy your quest for adventure if you desire.