How did you get into the industry:
I was a dive instructor and thought that boats were pretty interesting and that I would like to know more. My captain at the time taught me everything, from driving a boat to maintaining them both.
What do you like about your job:
The personal interaction you can have with passengers and of course, inviting them into the wheelhouse for a personalised tour.
What are its challenges:
The many different weather conditions and ensuring that the passengers get the smoothest ride possible. When mechanical things go wrong at the worst possible time (in rough weather, usually) and, of course when your boat springs a leak!
What are the personal qualities best suited to the position:
To be professional, well groomed and have good communication skills. To stay calm in an emergency, have common sense and love and respect the ocean.
What are the opportunities for advancement:
The opportunities at the Quicksilver Group are great. I started as a deckhand with Great Adventures in April 2011 and then because of the great tutelage of the senior captains within the company, I advanced quite quickly to captain. I am now in the process of gaining my next captain's ticket and the company and the senior captains have supported me throughout the whole process.
What tips do you have for those interested in your vocation:
Be sure to do a little work experience and ask lots of questions and show interest in learning new skills. I am always learning new skills, from being a captain to doing rope work.
What's the funniest thing that has happened to you on the job:
When my engineer told 200 people on the boat one day that is was my birthday. It wasn't really, but that didn't stop all 200 of them deciding to come and wish me a happy birthday as they disembarked.
What's the most rewarding moment of your career to date:
When my boss came down to me and asked me to be trained as captain on the Great Adventures Boats, as it was totally unexpected.
What job will you do in your next life: