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 our crew. It’s not in order of importance!
Jenny 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 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 (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 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 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 on Wavelength 4 and 3. 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 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.
Taylor is our California surf girl! Growing up in California, she spent most of her childhood in the ocean and by age seven had decided she wanted to be a marine biologist. She completed her Bachelors in Marine Science at the University of San Diego last year and has been working as a marine ecology research assistant, educator, and scientific diver since graduating. Her passion for marine biology has taken her around the world to places like Panama, Baja, and now Australia where she works with the wonderful crew here at Wavelength!
Gemma is also of our awesome marine biologists and is from the western side of Australia. After spending the majority of her childhood living in tents and swimming in the ocean (two things which we suspect are compulsory over there!) she studied Marine Science at Murdoch University in Perth. Since completing her degree she’s been a team leader for a volunteer program in Cambodia that works on reef regeneration to improve the locally important fishery. She’s also worked with the Western Australian Fisheries Department, and worked on eco-tourism boats at Rottnest Island, Abrolhos Islands and Broome. Her favourite pastimes include kissing sealions and puppies, swimming in waves and, of course, living in a tent.
Annalea studied Marine Biology at the University of New Hampshire in the USA, then environmental management and policy in New Zealand. She’s also worked on snorkelling and whale-watching boats in Hawaii, white-boats in the Caribbean, and even spent a season commercial salmon fishing in the Bering Straits! Her hobbies include surfing, camping, and gymnastics. We know there must be some things she can’t do – we just haven’t found out what they are yet!
Christine is Wavelength’s only Canadian! She graduated with a Bachelors in Marine Biology from the University of Victoria (in Canada), but her passion for coral reefs lead her to move to a slightly more tropical location. After spending some time on the Great Barrier Reef as a research assistant for the University of Queensland and as a scientific diver, she moved up to Port Douglas to join the wonderful adventures Wavelength has to offer! Her plan is to begin a masters degree in 2017 on a topic related to coral reefs and the issues they are facing due to climate change.
Robyn 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!
Donna 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 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.
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