Annika was born and raised in the Napa Valley located in Northern California. From a young age Annika has been drawn to the water. Growing up she was an athlete on a competitive club swim team for 12 years. She continued this journey by competing on a collegiate swim team. Annika has also played a total of 8 years of water polo, 4 of which were collegiate at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University which she graduated from with her masters degree in sociology.
As soon as she was able to, Annika received her lifeguard certification. She has utilized this for many years through helping communities both with lifeguarding, as well as teaching various age ranges how to swim and the basics of water safety. After Annika graduated college she fell in love with not only being in the water but being on the water. She picked up a passion for boating, sailing, paddleboarding, snorkeling and all things water activities.
She has worked in many high end restaurants in the Napa Valley over the years being a part of the fine dining industry and learning the ins and outs. She has had a passion for cooking at a young age and wanted to incorporate that into her love for hospitality and water island life. She has traveled to many countries over the years and plans on continuing in the future to learn more cultures and cuisine.
Born in Alabama, Captain Chris got a feel for his sea legs at a very early age and has always felt at home on the water. Not only does he feel at home on the water but he also enjoys flying and studied at the North American Institute of Aviation. To top this, Chris is a professionally trained chef/restauranteur and has a great deal of experience under his belt along with some fantastic stories to tell!