Ben has been working in the Super Yacht industry since he finished his professional wakeboarding career at 23. Ben traveled the world doing wakeboarding competitions/coaching and found that he had a real passion for the water. After a sports related injury, Ben turned to sailing. He started working as a deckhand on small sailing boats in the Mediterranean, racing across the Atlantic, and in the Caribbean. He quickly worked his way up to Captain on sailing boats cruising the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and the Red Sea. In 2011 Ben moved onto motor yachts. He has worked for private and charter boats ranging from 24 meters to 40 meters and has definitely enjoyed the experience.
Ben is very excited to be a part of Oculus and welcomes you to join us in the Caribbean & Bahamas. His many years in yachting and experience will guarantee that your trip will be unforgettable.
Chief Stewardess: Victoria
Born in New York City, New York and grew up in Tampa, Florida. Victoria has her BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida and also completed a culinary internship in Florence, Italy studying the cuisine of all the different regions of Italy. Before Victoria began her yachting career, she worked in various 5 Star hospitality settings within Tampa Florida and abroad Newcastle, Australia. Victoria is certified in Silver Service and craft cocktails as an experienced mixologist. During Victoria’s time in Australia, and eventually took on leadership role where I was overseeing all aspects of hospitality operations.
Bringing fifteen years of hospitality experiences, my passion for providing the ultimate guest experience and love for the sea and travel is why I chose the yachting industry. Victoria is a seasoned hospitality and guest services professional with a skill set that sets her apart from the crowd. As Chief Stewardess on Oculus’s Victoria has a reputation of satisfying guests' needs with initiative and being proactive in order to meet those needs before the guests can realize it on their own. Combine her qualities together with her creative eye for decorative and themed table settings makes Victoria the perfect fit for the young energetic 5 Star service team on Oculus.
During Victoria’s spare time, she enjoys staying fit, cooking, photography, and traveling. Victoria leads her interior team by example assuring the guest needs are met to the highest level of service available in the industry and promises memories of a lifetime to all guest on an Oculus Charter.
Second Stew: Erin
Erin is 23 years old, and from Savannah, Georgia. Erin is the oldest of three children. Erin grew up as a very athletic child, playing soccer with a dream to play four years of collegiate soccer in South Carolina. Erin, graduated from college with two degrees, one in health science and another in communications studies. After graduation, Erin moved to Fort Lauderdale to begin her career in the yachting industry. Erin is passionate about being physically active. Erin loves yoga, running, and high intensity interval training. I love sushi and going to the beach or going out on the boat with my family. Erin has a passion for service excellence and as a Junior Stewardess on the Oculus interior team she promises to deliver her 5 star service to the guest and provide memories of a lifetime during their char
Chef: Antony Crockett
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First Mate: Tristan
Nationality: South African
Tristan was born July 11, 2000 and raised in South Africa and attended a private boarding school (kingswood college), upon graduating from school Tristan left his small hometown and began his career in Yachting. After a season in Cape Town where He completed the required courses needed to excel in the industry he worked for a few months locally in Cape Town and then followed by a season in the Mediterranean (Spain) where he perfected his skills and knowledge on Mega Yachts. Tristan joined Oculus in 2020 as a senior deck hand and was quickly promoted to 1st Mate. Tristan runs the complete exterior deck operation on Oculus and together with his team always has Oculus looking good!
Tristan is a fully certified and well qualified 1st Mate and runs a “tight ship”. Together with his deck crew Oculus will always be “ready to go” providing guest with memories that will last a lifetime!
Chief Engineer: Connor Gooch
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Bosun Mate: Griffin
Griffin was born August 1st 1997, growing up in Southern New Hampshire. Griff has 3 siblings, 1 older and 2 younger who our twins. Growing up in a competitive household Griffin was always playing all sports, but mainly football, basketball and volleyball. He was the quarterback for his High School football team, winning a state championship and also was a division 1 New Hampshire player of the year for volleyball. Griffin always loved the outdoors, but especially being out on the water. Griffin has been boating his entire life which is where he developed his passion for being out on the water. Over the years on the lake Griffin found a love for all water sports. Griffin excelled in wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and water skiing and obtained his instructional certificate for water sports as a master instructor. Griffin is also an avid surfer and enjoys surfing. Other than water sports Griffin also enjoys snorkeling and fishing. Off the water Griffin goes mountain biking around the local trails and even goes up to the mountains to mountain bike parks. During the winter months Griffin is also an avid alpine skier. He has skied all across the United States. His favorite mountains thus far have been Mt. Baker out in Washington State and the mountain he has spent the most time on, Bretton Woods in New Hampshire.
Griffin joined the yachting industry in 2019, and after perfecting his industry skills, Griffin joined Oculus in 2020 as the ships Bosun mate and Water-sports instructor. Griffin has acquired multiple certifications and training such as STCW 95, advanced first aid, navigation watch rating and powerboat level II to name a few. Griffin along with his fellow crew guarantees to make the guest on Oculus full of memories that will last a lifetime!!