Samantha Mercer

Marine Science Instructor, PADI DIvemaster

Sam has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember. Though originally from Austin, Texas, she moved to coastal San Diego, California when she was 18, and there obtained her bachelors degree in Marine Science. While in college she started teaching marine science at summer camps and after-school programs, where she realized her passion for experiential education. She then went on to lead international summer programs for teens that focus on adventure, leadership, and community building. Throughout this time, she also realized her love of scuba-diving, and became a PADI Divemaster. An avid lover of adventure and exploration, she has lived or worked in Thailand, Mexico, Fiji, The Galapagos, Peru, and Germany. Most recently, she completed her masters degree in Marine Tropical Ecology, focusing on small-scale fishery resilience in the face of climate change.

Sam is very excited to be a part of the Sea|mester team and share her passion for experiential education and the marine world with all on board.

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