Stephen was born and raised mostly in Australia, but his fascination for travel and other cultures came after spending a few years in Fiji at a young age. A degree in surveying took him to the SE China Sea before extensive worldwide travels led him to settle in Canada. Having grown up in and around boats he later made a lifestyle change into marine wilderness tourism which has satisfied his fascination for wildlife and enjoyment of sharing it with others.
Since 1996, Stephen has operated a wide variety of vessels from 92′ schooners on multi day wilderness tourism and extensive research trips to a small ferry doing short mountain lake cruises. He has spent many seasons in Antarctica and the Arctic occupying various roles, always sharing his knowledge and love for the environment.
Sailing has been Stephen’s lifelong pastime and he and his wife have completed two Pacific Ocean crossings. On their return journey to Australia, they had the chance to explore many of the Pacific’s marine mammals and endemic shorebirds. After relocating back onto dry land, Stephen and his wife have set up in Tasmania and are enjoying exploring the island state’s rich wilderness by foot, kayak or bicycle. They also spend time care-taking remote properties for the National Park Service.