Captain Name: John Garza
Captain Nationality: American
Number of Crew: 2
John Garza, Captian
100 Ton Captain, Professional Photographer & Videographer, Freediver & Divemaster
Captain John, a long-time environmentalist, wishes to create a sense of compassion towards the ocean by infusing his passion for diving and marine exploration with images of the sea’s unique beauty. John’s photography has graced the covers of many well-respected magazines, advertisements, and eco-advocacy campaigns. As an avid Free Diver, Scuba Diver, and Professional Photographer, he strives to educate people about the environments of our oceans through creative outlets.
Through his next endeavor as the captain of Purely Blu, his goal is to change the way people view and interact with sharks and marine wildlife while inspiring others through his life aboard Purely Blu.
Hannah Patton, Chief Stew
Cuisine Specialist, Founder of Hülya Swim, Freediver & Divemaster, Photographer & Videographer
In addition to her day job as our Chief Stew Hannah is also the founder of Hülya Swim, an eco-friendly swimwear line. Four years ago, she quickly grew tired of the overwhelming amount of plastic in the oceans and waterways. This inspired her to create a bikini line that includes recycled plastics from the ocean. The Hülya collection is inspired by Hannah’s experiences with the ocean. It’s integral, therefore, to choose a fabric that will not pollute the ocean.
From island to island, day to night, breakfast to lunch, lunch to dinner, and cocktails into the wee hours, not only will Hannah act as your guide, but she will also act as your personal chef who can expertly prepare local, sustainable seafood. Through all of her efforts aboard Purley Blu, an eco-tourism yacht whose mission is to “Dream, Discover, Sustain”, Hannah hopes to inspire and educate guests on how to not only live their own personal life sustainably but be good patrons to the planet and ocean.
Mascot, Lobster Diver, & Comfort Companion
*you may request for Coral to be absent during your trip in advance*
Coral is a product of the Southeastern Guide Dog program – an organization committed to training guide dogs for people with visual impairments. However, after she was born with a visual defect of her own, Coral was deemed a non-working dog and was adopted out to Hannah, as a playmate and friend. She now proudly serves as our sailing yacht’s mascot.
Coral is a dream dog. She just has a thirst for knowledge and is continually learning new tricks. Her favorite activity is going for rides on the boat and to go for swims in the ocean with John and Hannah. Coral loves swimming in the ocean water, and she even catches conch and lobster with her mouth.