Expedition Crew & Dive Instructor
For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for the marine environment. Growing up in Vanuatu as you can imagine, I probably spent more time in the water than on land. My parents being Dive Instructors taught me how to scuba dive as soon as I was old enough to know how to respond to girls without going into panic mode. Soon after they put me in an all-boys boarding school in Yeppoon, Queensland here in Australia. Definitely not a coincidence, right?
After high school I committed to a full gap year where I gained my dive instructors in Cairns. In the same year I attempted to learn Japanese in Japan. However, I could not help but travel the beautiful country rather than spend my time in a classroom.
Once my gap year ended, I moved to Tasmania to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Marine Conservation at the Australian Maritime College. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do with my life, as my overwhelming love for the ocean urged me to also care for it. The degree involved me doing numerous subjects on the many aspects of the marine environment such as microbiology, aquatic biology, fisheries management, oceanography, ecology, and many more.
After graduating a few years later, I got a job opportunity in Cairns which I snatched up straight away. The job involved eradicating Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) throughout the Great Barrier Reef. For those who do not know what COTS are, they are an invasive starfish that feed on hard coral. They are one of the top 3 causes for reef degradation, so I thought doing this was a good start to my career.
Closing on two years at this job I came to realise that I needed to do something else in my life. Around this time, I became aware of Coral Expeditions. The thought of this expedition cruise company that travels the islands and coasts of Asia Oceania, bringing comfort to people and educating the natural sciences of the environment really caught my attention.
Soon after I was fortunate enough to be offered a position as an expedition crew member. I could not be more thrilled to start this next chapter in my life. I am ecstatic to meet all the new faces on this new path and to offer my knowledge and life experiences to you.