Captain: Scott Schletz
Scott, is a lover of adventure, land, air, and sea. He spent his life on land as an educator, teaching biology and earth science with a love of nature and exploration. He loves learning and teaching and has filled his mind with a plethora of trivia, nautical and otherwise. His aquatic experience started with SCUBA diving at the ripe, young age of 16. He learned to sail across the seasons on Lake Michigan, braving the chill of spring and fall while taking care of charter guests in the narrow summer months. He brings creativity and excitement to your adventure with a desire to always find something new and unique on every trip. Captain Scott is a certified mixologist creating amazing cocktails.
Chef: Nikki Schletz
Nikki, was raised on the waters of the Mississippi River and has loved water her entire life. She grew up camping and boating, finding adventure and excitement in the water. A love of photography grew as she found more and more memorable pieces of nature to capture on film. Her love of food extends not only to the pleasure of the palate but also a respect for allergies and preferences across diets. She has spent the majority of her life as a Sign Language Interpreter, working in every field including medicine and travel just to name a few. For the past decade she has been learning and honing her sailing skills on the mercurial Lake Michigan, and taken those skills to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean to see the world from the water. In recent years she has taken new sailors under her wing to share her knowledge. She loves sharing both the thrill of the reefed sail and heavy heel as well as the peace and quiet of a hoisted sail and silenced motor.
Nikki is a nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter, fluent in ASL. Nikki is the perfect match for charters that have a deaf person on board. The deaf client(s) gain access to communication for safety and accessibility. If they would like to take land tours, Nikki would be able to interpret for these tours. Nikki also enjoys teaching signs to children and adults alike. Guests love learning the sign for turtle, octopus, fish, sailboat, etc.
Chef Nikki specializes in allergy and specialty diets. She is extremely knowledgeable particularly in gluten free diets due to cooking for someone with Celiac’s Disease for decades. She also has a close family member that is vegan and members of her family with nut allergies. She has years of experience cooking keto, paleo and Whole 30. Chef Nikki is competent and happy to accommodate guest allergies and preferences.
Chef Nikki and Captain Scott taught sailing for years and love to teach guests that are interested in sailing. Chef Nikki’s passion is to teach beginners the basics. She is patient and has many techniques to help guests remember what they have learned. Captain Scott is an SLC instructor. The SLC is a prestigious international sailing certificate that allows sailors to bareboat anywhere in the world. If sailors have experience and do the online coursework prior to charter, Captain Scott is able to do the on the water test for the SLC throughout their vacation and certify them if they pass the requirements.
Together they will sail you around the islands and keep your mind on vacation as you join them on Sol Seeker seeking adventure in the sun.