Meet Kate Geister from Frankfort, Michigan.  Kate works as a deckhand on an expeditionary cruise ship that travels from the United States to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize.

As a deckhand, Kate is an expert line handler for docking and undocking her vessel.  She also assists her ship’s officers by keeping a watchful eye on vessel traffic, navigational hazards, and of course, marine life.

Growing up on the Great Lakes, Kate was inspired to work on the water.  She found her calling.  “Being out at sea has changed my life and my soul.  I am a better person for what I have encountered out here and I’m excited for my future.”

We wanted to learn more about Kate’s 5-year career.  Here’s what she divulged:

Kate, please share a memorable experience you’ve had at sea.

“Learning how to fix something is an invaluable skill.  Especially when Mother Nature is even more capricious out on the water, and she rules all!”

What motivates you to continue working on the water if it’s a long-term career for you?

“My motivation is in meeting new people who share the same obsession of being out at sea and that feeling of being at home, in open water.”

How has your work experience shaped your work ethic?

“My work ethic is at an all-time high because there isn’t room for goof ups.  My respect for others has grown.  Most importantly, this work experience has given me the ability to truly be myself.”

What do you think can be done in your industry to encourage more women to pursue similar careers?

“We as women are bad ass creatures and have the power to endure and perform any and all ‘male activities’.  Get out there and explore because there’s so much to see!”

Thanks, Kate, for answering our questions! We wish you the best of luck and are excited to hear more about your adventurous career!