Before joining the Sea Save team, Carrol worked for 30 years as the athletic director, coach and student advisor at Stuart Country Day School, an all girl, high powered, preparatory school in Princeton, New Jersey. She guided countless young women off with a drive not only to succeed in athletics but in their future education, careers and lives.
Late in life, Carrol learned to SCUBA dive and loved it. She was constantly working on her buoyancy and air consumption, but spent most of her underwater time enjoying the underwater world. Topside, she spent even more time sharing her excitement about her experiences descriptions about her underwater flora and fauna observations.
Her volunteer time with Sea Save Foundation gave her an opportunity to combine her love of diving, travel, underwater exploration, advocacy and mentoring and empowering your women.
Carrol helped develop and lead two Sea Save Foundation expeditions that brought a group of high school students on programs that lasted up to three weeks. Participants were required to put aside their electronics and focus on diving, communication and reflection.
Carrol also participated in Sea Save Foundation SCUBA expeditions to The Maldives, Sulawesi Indonesia and the World Heritage Site, Cocos Island, Costa Rica.
I met Carrol when I was in the 7th grade. I suffer from mild cerebral palsy and had been exempted from physical education. Carrol, then my teacher, ceremoniously ripped up the note and never allowed me to settle for anything less than what was expected from my fellow students.
Years later, we were reunited when I found her living in rural Maine. I wanted to thank this woman who had changed the direction of my life so I suggested teaching her to SCUBA dive. She was in her 70’s, but jumped at the opportunity. After that, she accompanied me on expeditions and teaching programs to Cayman, Kona, Sulawesi, the Maldive Islands and, her favorite spot Cocos Island.
I am very proud to have called “Flork” my teacher, my mentor and later my colleague; I am most proud to have called her my friend. Carrol was an extraordinary person. She lives on in every one of us who was emboldened by her strength and who learned to never settle for anything less than our personal best. She inspired us to be strong but to never let that get in the way of having a generous heart.
Sea Save Foundation
|Sara Mead||In truly loving memory of a truly inspiring woman|
|Susan Miller (Lynn Higgins)|
|Jay Ireland||I learned so much from Carrol. She was a great friend, I loved watching her dive. She was always discovering new things.|
|Anne Soos||With love from Anne|
|Mary Mc Manus||In memory of my cousin, Carrol Florkiewicz who loved the sea.|
|Georgienne Bradley||Carrol lives on in every one of us who was emboldened by her strength and who learned to never settle for anything less than our personal best|
|Katie Alexandridis||I actually did not met Carrol Florkiewicz until our Sea Save trip to Cayman almost 10 years ago. It was great to have both the Stuart and Sea Save bond for all those years! I have fond memories, both above and below sea level, with Carrol. The best would have to be when she taught all of us to line dance while floating on a boat in the Pacific Ocean (I believe it was our Kona trip)! Carroll was an amazing person and I am so glad to have known her.|
|Kelsey Boyer||My memories of Carrol are such a blessing to have and I will cherish them forever. She had a never-give-up attitude that was contagious, and spending only a few minutes with her would leave me feeling like we could take on the world. I started with Sea Save at the age of 16 and spent an amazing two years volunteering alongside Carrol. She made the “work” part of volunteering not feel like actual work. We would laugh, sing and Amos Moses through the days tasks. We worked hard and accomplished so much. I was fortunate to know Carrol on a personal level as well. The most vivid memory, that brings me to tears while writing this, is seeing Carrol’s beautiful smile in the crowd on my graduation day. Her support was endless and no matter what it took she was going to come and see her girls (me, Haley and Courtney) reach a huge milestone. It meant so much knowing that Carrol was there for us. She left me with a lot of wisdom, a positive outlook on life and the strength to move through life with a smile and determination to do the best in everything. She was a gem that Sea Save and Stuart were fortunate to have on board. She is very missed as a fellow volunteer and as a dear friend. I am happy to support this mission that she held so dear.|
|Meghan Beetel Nicoletti||Praying that God also isn’t fond of “a gum chewing girl…” Love you Flork!!!|