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 out. My parents being Dive Instructors taught me how to scuba dive when I was around 10 years old and since then I have completed around 500 dives.
After high school I committed to a full gap year where I gained my Dive Instructors in Cairns, Queensland. Once my gap year ended, I moved to Tasmania to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Environment majoring 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 including 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 (GBR). 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 in the GBR, so I thought doing this was a good start to my career.
Closing in on two years I came to realise that I needed to do something else with my life. Around this time, I became aware of Coral Expeditions. The thought of this expedition cruise company that travels the 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 and here we are! I have been loving every minute of it and I am excited to meet all the beautiful people on this journey.