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’s Safety Officer, as well as 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!
Johanna LeonhardtJohanna is one of our amazing marine biologists. Having been working at James Cook University in Townsville with turtles, what she doesn’t know about them is not worth knowing! She has a Masters degree in Ecology and Conservation with her thesis on marine turtle genetics. She’s part of the Marine Turtle Health Group at JCU. She also gives a mean reef-talk and her skills at competitive surf lifesaving are reassuring out on the reef. She’s currently doing a part-time PhD in coral disease at James Cook University.
Robyn XuerebRobyn grew up in South East Victoria with a keen interest in the natural environment and a particular knack with creepy crawlies. Her love for the ocean developed through surf lifesaving in Victoria’s chilly waters and competitive ocean swimming. She graduated with an honours degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology and has a particular interest in marine conservation and the adverse effects of human industry on the ocean. The only thing Robyn loves more than the ocean is her Kelpie, Morgan!
Lorna HowlettLorna grew up in Yorkshire, England and from a young age loved wildlife and being outdoors. When she was 10 she wanted to a naturalist (but kept getting that mixed up with 'naturist'!). Her family moved to Queensland in 2008 where she got to study marine biology at JCU. She lived and worked on Green Island for a year before coming up to Port Douglas to join Wavelength. She plans to stay in Australia forever!
Carly KeechCarly grew up by the beach in Adelaide, SA. She was originally enrolled in Architecture at University but switched to her passion of Marine Biology at the last minute!
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!
Greg QuinnGreg is the one who will most likely collect you in the bus in the morning. He knows his way around – which is pretty important for his job! Like a few others in Port Douglas he’s had an interesting yet mysterious previous life. What we do know is that the share price of the company he managed dropped when he left! Eventually moving to beautiful Port Douglas a few years ago, running the pick-ups and drop-offs for Wavelength is a semi-retirement job.