Captain: Byron Tippett, South African
Born and raised in South Africa, Byron found his love for the ocean at 12 years old when he first started exploring the underwater world as a scuba diver. Since then Byron has been following his passion travelling the world as a PADI scuba instructor, diesel engineer, and yacht captain. Byron is outgoing and enthusiastic, and with his knowledge and vast charter experience will design a perfect trip that is sure to impress you whether you enjoy a secluded beach or a lively hot spot. With such a wide range of skills you are sure to feel safe and relaxed.
On board SeaGlass, Byron will guide you through some of the most beautiful beaches, snorkel spots and dive sites in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, U.S Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, St Barths and on down the Caribbean chain. He will create exquisite cocktails while ensuring a big smile is on your face as you relax in comfort.
Chef: Molly McKernan, American
Raised on a small river in Iowa, Molly has an inquisitive soul and a nose for adventure. She loves anything outdoors and active and anything involving food. After receiving her degree in Journalism from Iowa State University, Molly kissed the Midwest goodbye to make a life on the ocean. She lived in Maui, HI, for four years where her love of outdoor adventure blossomed working on boats, surfing, diving and hiking to secluded waterfalls. She then made the switch to boats in the Caribbean for the past several years and has been enjoying the constant trade winds ever since. She is a PADI Divemaster and will be your guide to the underwater paradise.
With a passion for great food and a love of fresh ingredients, you will be cared for from the first bite to the last. Molly takes true pleasure in creating a unique and personalized menu each charter on SeaGlass to fuel your holiday for an unforgettable experience. Taking pride in her work both in the galley and in the water. It’s a promise Molly will add exceptional food, fun and laughter to your charter.
SeaGlass's super crew will instantly help you feel relaxed and welcomed on your luxurious floating home. The Crew will intrigue and entertain you with their great sense of humor, excellent hosting skills and passionate love for life as they take you on an adventure of a lifetime.
Jamie Harris - Captain
Having grown up landlocked, Jamie found his love of the ocean when he was in his late teens and started surfing. Since then, Jamie has been travelling the world and working his way as a qualified PADI scuba instructor, dive guide and yacht captain since 1997. He has sailed and dived in Thailand, Australia, Turkey and the Caribbean/Bahamas. Jamie is outgoing, diligent and has a wickedly subtle sense of humour.
He has a way with people, that immediately puts one at ease. Creating fabulous sunset cocktails and offering up stories of adventures on the high seas, Jamie will enthral his guests aboard SeaGlass. With almost 20 years above and below the water Jamie has developed a vast knowledge of everything to do with boating, fishing and diving and is happy to share his knowledge.
Tavia Pretorius - Chef/Mate
Tavia grew up in a family that spent a lot of time on the water, fishing, shrimping and living off the sea. As a young girl she went out boating with her Dad and was filleting fish and cleaning shrimp before she hit her teens. It was no wonder that Tavia went on to become a qualified PADI dive instructor and a chef of note. Tavia has a passion for the artistry of food and every meal she prepares is more remarkable than the last. She has been chartering for some years and has catered for up to 30 people on a weekly basis.
To add to her many talents, Tavia is also an accomplished free diver boasting depths of up to 130 feet. She, one day, hopes to complete and obtain the world championship for her home country of South Africa. Having chartered extensively in the islands Tavia’s knowledge of the local flora and fauna is vast and she is a mind of information.