ABOUT CARIBBEAN REEF BUDDY

The Caribbean Reef Buddy team consists of biologists, enthusiasts & diving professionals who are passionate about marine conservation.

CARIBBEAN REEF BUDDY'S MISSION, OBJECTIVE & VISION

Our Mission is to work with and in support of local communities to assist in the protection and preservation of a healthy, diverse and sustainable marine ecosystem.

Our Objective lies in maintaining strong ties and links to the local community, their interests and concerns. The success and sustainability of any marine environmental study or conservation project is largely dependent on a comprehensive outreach program.

Our Vision is the continual identification of marine ecological and environmental initiatives within Grenada and Carriacou. Deliver local, national and international outreach programs in conjunction with an all inclusive training package to protect and preserve the marine and coral reef ecosystem.

MEET THE REEF BUDDY TEAM

Caribbean Reef Buddy is supported by a team of PADI professionals, biologists and marine conservation & diving enthusiasts.

Gary Ward Caribbean Reef Buddy

Gary

Gary Ward

Program Manager and Instructor 

Gary is one of the founder members of CRB with head in the ocean and feet on the ground. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Henley Business College. He realizes that conservation projects are critical to the survival of the reefs, but they need to be financially sustainable in order to last long and achieve magnificent goals. Gary is also a PADI Master Instructor and an excellent mentor, patient teacher and loves nothing more than seeing the bright happy faces of new students. Gary is actively involved in the Marine Conservation effort to help to protect the marine environment in Carriacou.

Alexandra Ward Caribbean Reef Buddy

Nora

Nora Valdes

Instructor

Nora first came to Carriacou in May 2018 to join Caribbean Reef Buddy's volunteer program. She promptly fell in love with the island and all its creatures, and has now returned on a more permanent basis. Working as a diving instructor for our partners Deefer Diving, Nora specialises in Fish ID. She has also been crowned the best lionfish cevice chef on the island, and the best seahorse spotter on the team. No one knows how she does it but if you're ever looking for seahorses, you know who to call... 

Matt Rideout Caribbean Reef Buddy

Olivia  

Olivia Hall  

Office Manager and Divemaster

Olivia was our first volunteer in 2021. She went from zero to hero by having absolutely no diving experience to completing her divemaster, all while helping conduct research on the reef! She fell in love with the island, as we all do, and her then 2 month long trip has extended to a trip that will last at least 1 year and a half. If you email us with any queries she'll be the first person to offer advice and assistance with whatever you need. She also runs our social media, posting her favourite marine life photos (blennies) with occasional awful jokes that no one finds funny.  

Caribbean Reef Buddy Yara

Dean 

Dean Campbell  

Divemaster and "MacGyver" 

Dean joined us in 2019 as a boat skipper. He was extremley enthusiastic about marine life and diving, which was more than enough reason for him to go from Open Water all the way to Divemaster! His amazing charisma makes him a great host and expert dive guide, whom will always be with a warm smile on his face as he enjoys every day rides around the island. His crafty nature also means the equipment and gear at the dive shop we're partnered with is always on top form. As a kayak, Dean is a fan of local cuisine, all festivals and its characteristic music. A master lionfish hunter and incredible BBQer, Dean single-handedly keeps the reefs safe and our belly full.  

Gary Ward Caribbean Reef Buddy

Jonny

Jonny Pierce

Divemaster 

Jonny arrived in Carriacou in June 2021 to complete his divemaster and join the volunteer programm. He later stayed on for the divemaster internship... the rest is history! Jonny's dedication and passion for helping conserve the beauty and health of the underwater world is truly admirable. The team would lack a "pro" dancer and below average lionfish hunter without him. Jonny is also a part of the team that shoots, edits and perfects the videos that go on the youtube channel that is attached to our centre, Deefer Diving (you should definetly check them out)! 

Alexandra Ward Caribbean Reef Buddy

Jimmy 

Jimmy Adams 

Boat Skipper 

Jimmy joined the team in July 2021. He's a coral and marine life enthusiast, he'll never miss out on an opportunity to help out with our Coral Restoration project and Reef Check. Jimmy loves the ocean and everything in it, his passion and curiosity for the underwater world will definitely rub off on you. After working with us he plans to go to College in Grenada to study marine biology, putting his big brain to the best use! 

Matt Rideout Caribbean Reef Buddy

Harry  

Prince Harry 

Dive Shop Mouser  

Harry came to Deefer Diving just over 4 years ago. A tiny kitten, just skin & bones, he was rescued by Sally from the Kayak Cafe and brought to us one rainy afternoon. With lots of love and good food, Harry has become a wonderful sociable character, an essential member of our team: everything is more fun when there's a Harry involved!
Harry loves snuggling up to scuba gear, and is forever looking for new & wonderful places to sleep. His fine figure is the envy of all island cats! Harry's favourite food is freshly caught lionfish - truly sustainable and so tasty. Any visit to Deefer Diving is not complete without a hello from our Harry!

Caribbean Reef Buddy Yara

 

 

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