PARADIGM SHIFT Featured Yacht Captain & Crew Profiles
Captain’s Name: Number in Crew:2 Crew Profiles:
Captain’s Nationality:USA Languages Spoken: Steven: English, French,
The crew of PARADIGM SHIFT, A 50 FOOT, St. Francis luxury catamaran, are a delightful and very relaxed husband and wife team with a passion for the sea, swimming, sailing, great food and better wine...they are extremely social and love entertaining aboard their beautiful boat.
Capt. Richard "Rico" Diaz
Rico grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, swimming in the land of ten thousand lakes. He obtained a degree in IT and spent many years in network security before leaving behind the cubicle to pursue a career as a dive instructor. After achieving the Dive Instructor Certification in the Virgin Islands, instructing in Hawaii, and diving around the world, Rico was drawn back to the warm waters of the Caribbean, where he fell in love with sailing. He spent the next few years working on sailboats, tech diving, and leading snorkeling tours at Buck Island Reef National Monument. Immediately after obtaining his USCG Master Merchant
Mariner License, he was recruited by the National Park Service as a Research Vessel Captain, scientific diver, and biologist. During his time with the Park Service, Rico treated coral diseases, tagged sharks, and collaborated with numerous scientific agencies in marine conservation efforts. Rico has decided to combine all his experiences, passions, and talents to introduce others to the wonders of the ocean as the Captain of Paradigm Shift.
FIRST MATE/CHEF: Bonnie Carroll
Originally a farm girl from Western PA, Bonnie has developed a convert's zeal for ocean sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Bonnie and Steven both hold Advanced Open Water PADI dive certifications Her early career included waitressing and eventually managing several fine dining restaurants in Pittsburgh where she worked under several renowned chefs developing her own gourmet style of cooking. She presents a very eclectic menu from down home "comfort food" like fresh baked sourdough bread and chocolate chip cookies to organic free range beef tenderloin, fresh fried snapper to Fetuccini Alfredo..She uses all natural, non-processed ingredients and is as concerned about making healthy food choices as she is about over the top quality and taste. Both she and Steven love sharing their very active lifestyle and will gladly teach beginners how to snorkel, kayak and paddle board.