Are you wondering who you are talking to on the phone? Who is sending you an e-mail? Who will be looking after you on the boat? Check out some of our crew. It’s not in order of importance!
Jenny EdmondsonJenny lived her childhood in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland spending lots of time on the sea, before qualifying in Marine and Environmental Biology. She learnt to dive in freezing Scottish waters with the local Army dive club (throw her off the pier and see if she sinks!) eventually qualifying as a commercial diver. John took her snorkelling the day they met and luckily impressed her enough with a whale shark and dolphins on the same outing. Life has never been the same since! Jenny and John are Wavelength’s owners and live in Port Douglas with their two young children, Jack and Katie.
John EdmondsonJohn qualified in Marine Biology and Chemical Oceanography after getting a love of the sea from watching Jacques Cousteau movies and learning to dive in 1982. He’s had “proper jobs” in post-graduate research and environmental consultancy before getting involved in tourism. His favourite song is “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie (as sung by his children!) He first came to Port Douglas in 1992 in a camper-van with Jenny after having recently qualified together as dive instructors.
Jon MarsdenJon (he’s the intelligent looking one in the blue hat!) comes from Skipton in Yorkshire (fancy that, the same county as Captain Cook!) and took up diving in 1986. Starting in the Red Sea he has worked for many years as a dive instructor around the world (just don’t ask him about teaching movie stars to dive!). Diving in Port Douglas since the early 1990’s he worked for 10 years for Undersea Explorer participating in research projects involving sharks, turtles and Minke whales. As a skipper he has an amazing amount of experience of the far northern waters of the Great Barrier Reef. As Wavelength’s operations manager, his hobbies include rebuilding toilet pumps!
Ali DowlingAli has been diving since 1989 and skippering boats on the reef since 1995. Few would know the waters off Port Douglas any better. When he isn’t skippering Wavelength he spends a lot of time driving his sons to soccer training! He did have a career before diving but it’s classified information! His favourite reef creature is a Harlequin Mantis Shrimp (a critter that is quietly modest but has amazing talents).
Mike DowlingMike started working for Wavelength in 2008 but had a brief fling with the “dark side” working fly-in fly-out skippering commercial vessels at Hay Point, but we don’t hold that against him (much!). His attention to detail and experience with strict OH&S in the resources industry is great for his role as Wavelength skipper. His local reef knowledge began with dive instructing here in 1997 before moving on to skipper and engineer roles including three years on a 75m yacht in the Med and Caribbean. His hobbies now include DIY and house renovation – making him the perfect husband!
Andrea Asunsolo RiveraOriginally from Mexico, marine biologist and ocean enthusiast, Andrea, came to Australia to further continue her studies in marine science with a master degree. She embarked in her postgraduate studies in Perth, Western Australia, where she fell in love with Australia’s temperate thriving coast. During her two-year stay on Australia’s West Coast she also volunteered in several coral reef fieldtrips around the Dampier Archipelago with DBCA and Ningaloo Reef with CSIRO. Ultimately, she conducted her research project in tropical reef fish behaviour through the University of Western Australia and AIMS; after spending hours looking at videos from Lizard Island surrounding reefs she jumped at the opportunity to join the crew with Wavelength reef cruises, right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Since her arrival in Far North QLD, she has expanded her knowledge of coral reef systems and experienced first hand the incredible diversity of coral, fish and other marine life found on the GBR. Having always enjoyed her passion and love for the ocean she has thoroughly enjoyed expanding her science communication skills delivering educational reef chats. She has recently completed her training with Eye on the Reef program helping to monitor the health of the reef on a weekly basis and is always eager to participate with the Coral Nurture program as part of the Wavelength’s reef restoration program!
Kasey BarnesDespite a cherished childhood by the river in inland Victoria, Kasey has always been intrigued by the diverse ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef. Heading north to follow her passions for spending time in the big blue, science communication in the form of direct engagement and photographing the reefs diversity she completed her Masters in Marine Biology and Ecology at James Cook University in Townsville, eventually ending up in Cairns and employed with Wavelength. She has been involved in a variety of reef-based projects, including; a minor project on resource partitioning in wrasses, research on the incredible reefs in Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea, conducting fieldwork at Orpheus Island, volunteering for programs and events such as FinPrint and Pint of Science, exploring reef bio acoustics & herbivorous fishes at Lizard Island, as well as witnessing pristine reefs and reef health variability on outer reefs with AIMS. Kasey has built on her skills to engage and educate audiences on the reef during her time with Wavelength and has been chosen in the first group of GBRMPA Master Reef Guide’s. We can’t wait to see where her love, passion and knowledge of the reef takes her!
Donna ThompsonDonna is Wavelength’s office manager. She came to Port Douglas from Darwin via New South Wales. Her previous experience at event management and Toll Priority (making sure things went to where they were meant to go) means she’s amazingly organised! If you book directly in the shop, or via e-mail or phone you’re very likely to be corresponding with her. Her hobbies include camping and fishing but also shopping and fashion. That’s what living in Darwin does to you!