Born and raised on the Florida Keys, Sky was quickly introduced into what has become her biggest passion: Diving! Having ‘grown up’ on her family’s diving charter boats since age 3, Sky became a certified SCUBA diver at age 11. In 2014 she obtained her USCG 50-ton Master Captain License and operated three dive boats daily. Now, as the owner/operator of Islander Girl Snorkel & Tours and as a Keys native, Captain Sky’s mission is to offer personalized daily charters to our reefs to educate people about the importance of protecting our oceans and reefs! Join Capt. Sky aboard our customized snorkel boat “The Crown Conch” and make some memories that you will never forget!
Annette Robertson serves as Celebration of the Sea’s Executive Director and is a world-class diver, adventurer and professional underwater photographer. Annette is also a member of the Board of Advisors for both the highly respected “Wyland Foundation” and “Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation” and has been nominated two times to receive the “Women Divers Hall of Fame Award”.
As a native of Miami, Annette’s life has always been connected to the ocean and the Everglades. Annette began her diving career in 1997 on a coral spawn, and now with over 5,000 dives to her credit, she has graced the cover of Sport Diver Magazine and appeared in numerous other magazines and television programs sharing her experiences exploring the world’s oceans. Annette’s photographic work continues to be featured through leading dive and travel magazines, books and fine art galleries. Annette has traveled internationally photographing the oceans in collaboration with the world’s leading underwater photographers that include Wyland, David Doubilet, Wes Skiles, Steven Frink and Guy Harvey. Annette’s love of nature and marine animals has always inspired her career as a professional photographer – both above and below the sea
Sarah grew up on St. Simons Island and from a young age knew that the coast would always be part of who she was. She graduated from Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Philosophy. Sarah has been diving since age 15 and is currently mastering her sailing skills and has dreams of running sailing charters around the Caribbean one day.
Divemaster & First Mate
Hannah was born and raised in middle Tennessee. Growing up wakeboarding, swimming, and skim boarding on the lakes, she realized she wanted her life to be spent on the water. While pursuing her degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she became scuba certified and eventually got her divemaster. She worked as a scuba diver, animal handler, and free diving mermaid at an aquarium in the Smoky Mountains until she decided to move to the Keys and join the Islander Girl family!
I’m from Richmond VA and graduated from Bridgewater College in 2020 with a bachelors in Health and Human Services and Nutrition. During school I played on the women’s soccer and it was amazing! My partner and I are accepted Peace Corps Volunteers but because of COVID we could not travel internationally. Instead we drove cross country and backpacked all over the west coast and that was one of the best vacations of my life. Ask me about it and I’ll tell you everything! After our trip was done we spent the winter in Big Sky Montana which was incredible. I had never experienced negative degree before and boy was it cold! I would do it again but only for the powder. After the season was over we came down to the keys to be by the ocean as we were land locked for longer than we ever have living on the east coast 2 hours away from the beach. Working on snorkel boats is a great time! Meeting new people, seeing new creatures, and teaching people how to snorkel and giving them an experience to remember is the most rewarding feeling. I’m a very open person so ask me about my adventures or anything else!
Elizabeth Yancey graduated from the University of South Florida with a master’s degree, where she studied marine natural products chemistry and chemical ecology. Her research was focused on mangrove endophyte ecology, studying the interaction between mangrove-associated microbes and the larger mangrove environment. Additionally, she studied reef chemistry, specifically the pharmaceutical relevance of compounds biosynthesized by soft corals, sponges, and tunicates. After graduating, she has been pursuing a career in diving, working at BSA Sea Base and Capt. Slate’s SCUBA Adventures as a SCUBA instructor, with the intention of sharing her love and respect for the ocean and coastal environments with new and experienced divers alike.
Araceli was born and raised in Miami, Fl and has always had a passion for the outdoors, but especially the ocean. Currently pursuing a degree in sustainability and the environment with a minor in marine biology, she knows it is crucial to get people as involved as possible in spending time in nature. She is happy to be aboard the Crown Conch and hopes to be able to spread awareness of the importance of enjoying and protecting of our beautiful Keys reefs.
Coming to you from Chicago, Erin moved to the Keys in 2019 for an internship doing dolphin assisted therapy. She's had opportunities to assist with coral restoration, earn her rescue scuba diver certification, and assist in manatee releases. She's currently living on a 25 ft Catalina sailboat! When she's not on the boat she's booking her next adventure - traveling to over 45 states and 21 countries! With a B.A in biology, she loves playing "what creature did I see?" with guests on board or just hopping in the water and pointing out all the awesome critters as people explore the incredible Florida Keys.
Sunshine was born in Gautama raised in north Palm beach Florida , moved to the keys two years ago. She has a huge passion for the ocean and all of the sea creatures. During sunshine’s free time you can find her playing the ukulele or Scuba diving on the reefs!