THE TEAM

Aqua Cat has been rated #1 by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine for BEST CREW!
We have found few other recreational activities where the general public relies so heavily on the professionals in charge for their enjoyment and safety. For this reason, we have assembled a top-notch team to meet your every need on board!
We have the most dynamic team of talented individuals on board and their goal is to be sure your trip is one that you will never forget! Their gracious ways and outgoing attitudes make guests on board feel like family in no time. Each brings something unique to the team. Check out their personal team bios to learn all about each of our crazy and talented crew members!

Captain Ron McCaslin

With us since 1992, when he joined us as a dive instructor, Captain Ron has been captain aboard The Aqua Cat since she was commissioned in 2001. Hot Texas summers led to lifeguarding and later a Scuba Instructor in 1981 while finishing a Chemistry degree at Texas A&M University. Ron holds a 1600 ton license from the US Coast Guard and when not aboard, he enjoy’s riding motorcycles, hunting, or woodworking.

Captain Des Greyling

Des is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he grew up loving the ocean. He began his career on the Aqua Cat in 2005 as a dive instructor. Previous to working on the Aqua Cat, Des was an instructor in South Africa and Thailand. On the Aqua Cat he worked his way up to first mate before becoming the captain on the Cat Ppalu in 2010. He was promoted captain on the Aqua Cat in 2012. After working in the real world and aging behind a computer, he decided to set sail and search for the eternal fountain of youth. His travels took many years and many miles but he finally found the fountain of youth here in the Bahamas and ever since has been getting younger.

First Mate Jason Russell-Smith 

Jason was born in Tampa, Florida but raised in Las Vegas. He has a passion for flying with an expert level pilot ranking for hang gliders. You would never guess he has a fear of heights!

Dive Instructor Austin

Austin is back!  He hails from Virginia Beach, VA and is a dive instructor who cut his teeth on the Aqua Cat.  He enjoys rock climbing, hiking, listening to music and traveling.  He has visited Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas so far. 

Dive Instructor Virginia

Virginia has a degree in Marine Biology from Auburn University and is originally from Atlanta, GA.  She is into Yoga, making jewelry and hula hoops!  She worked in Asia for a few years including Thailand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.  She can do handstands, who knew?! 

Engineer Randy

Resides in Melbourne, FL when not aboard AQC. He is began his marine career at Blackbeard’s Cruises in 1993 and has worked as engineer and as Captain. Randy has been aboard since March of 2012.

Engineer Charles

Charles join us from Jamaica and is a skilled engineer who keeps everything running in tip top shape!  When not up to his elbows in grease, he enjoys writing poetry.  He has traveled throughout Europe, the US and the Caribbean.  He loves to sing reggae songs too!

Chef Kelly

Kelly is known as the princess among the crew! She is from Lima Peru and attended cooking school in Argentina. She enjoys dancing, photography, rafting and canopy flying! She loves ceviche! Her father is a professional soccer player so she grew up with a soccer ball nearby!

Sous Chef  Yariela

Yari, as she is known to everyone, comes from Panama and assists our chef with grace and speed.  She loves to read and dance in her spare time.  She loves to travel and has been all over the world. 

House Mouse/Steward Karina

Karina joins us from her homeland of Peru where she studied Psychology.  She loves karaoke, reading, salsa dancing and her 2 dogs and cats.  She has traveled extensively throughout South America but has settled in the Bahamas with her husband.  You would never guess this, but at one time, she wanted to be a nun!