For over 40 years, AQ has consistently delivered high-quality international leadership, sailing, scuba, community service and marine biology programs. Through hands-on learning and adventure travel throughout the world, we have successfully ignited the inherent leadership skills within thousands of young adults.

The British Virgin Islands have long been regarded as nature’s little secret. Situated at the very top of the Caribbean island chain, this cluster of 36 small islands consist of steep lush hills and white sandy beaches all surrounded by the electric blue waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This idyllic setting is perfect for a wide range of water sports, so it is no wonder that this is where we choose to offer our biggest and broadest adventure training programs.



As a leader in the field of international adventure travel programs for teenagers, we attribute our continuing success to the quality of our staff and the strong relationships we build in pursuit of our mission. Below you will find more information about us and how you can begin your path towards an exciting and rewarding summer experience.

Backed by over 40 years of experience in the field of experiential education, ActionQuest is part of Global Expeditions Group (GXG). ActionQuest offers international sailing, scuba and leadership training programs for teenagers and our mission is to provide incredible adventures that promote social, emotional and intellectual growth.

Over the years, we have taught thousands of teens to sail and scuba dive. All of our programs involve a combination of these sports along with water skiing, windsurfing, marine biology, and ecology. These are the hard skills. More important are the soft skills that our students learn in the process of living and working together in small teams aboard a sailing vessel: Communication and leadership skills, personal effectiveness and integrity. Our philosophy is to educate, instruct and facilitate the development of both the hard and the soft skills, thereby arming our students with a new set of tools for the future.

ActionQuest is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented and passionate individuals with an unending devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Almost all are 21 years or older, although we would consider a 19+ year old for a Staff-In-Training (S.I.T.) position if they possess the desired level of qualifications. Most of our staff are U.S. citizens, though a wide range of nationalities are represented every year. We accept applications on a year-round basis but begin our summer hiring process between January and March. Contracts vary in length from 7 to 11 weeks depending on the location(s) assigned.

We seek summer staff for the following positions:

  • Skipper / Boat Leader
  • Mate / Support Staff
  • PADI Scuba Instructor
  • Marine Science Instructor
  • Medical Support Staff

If you think you have what it takes, not just the right qualifications but also the right outlook, motivation and commitment to our programs, we’d love to hear from you!