What energises you at work?
Usually a coffee does, but a sense of humour goes a long way.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your job?
I would have to say, the biggest misconception about my job is that they don’t understand our work and think that we are damaging the ocean and reefs that we collect our coral from.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
Well, if there is work to be done, I’d most likely be helping out at the warehouse or working on the boat San Pas, however if I am not required I would most likely be at the pub Landmark with a good Chicken Parmi, couple of beers watching the footy with good friends, and it usually follows up with going out the next day to go 4WD’ing and camping, we are the spontaneous group and make it up as we go. I’d say that’s living.
If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Well I can’t decide between the 2, so blue and beige. Blue because to me it’s a calming colour and because its the colour of my flanny shirt. But also beige as that was the colour of my horse Shelby that I use to ride growing up in the country, exploring hills and camping with my little dog Patch.
Favourite coral and why?
I would have to say my favourite coral is a Scoly, sometimes they can be hard to find, especially in Darwin, but it also brings back memories from when I first stepped on the boat San Pas to become a diver for Monsoon Aquatics.
What do you love about the job?
What I love about the job is being able to live a life underwater, I find it can be challenging, relaxing, soothing and also amazing. The sea life and nature I get to experience is sensational, the sharks, the whales, the sting rays and even the turtles, but most of all is being able to explore the ground, seeing the reef and how it is structured. It’s not something everyone would be fortunate to explore or see. As a kid I had a dream to dive one day to explore as a hobby and it has turned out to be my career.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
I would have to say the ability to teleport, able to have a photo of a location, touch it and be there straight away, like the movie (2008) Jumper starring Hayden Christensen.