Dan started SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours 24 years ago. He wished to combine his love of being on the Ocean and his desire to live in Victoria with his interest in running his own business. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Dan traveled the world as a Tax Specialist focusing in the oil and gas industry. Now a certified Marine Engineer (not to mention Transport Canada certified Captain), Dan manages the operations and the maintenance for the SpringTide fleet. He also works tirelessly to further conservation efforts in the region to ensure the Whales will survive for many years to come. In fact, Dan wrote the original Marine Mammal viewing documents from which the current North American Guidelines are based.
Joanne graduated with a B. Comm from UBC, and pursued a sales career in the hi-tech industry with her first job being with IBM. Moving to Victoria was the best thing she ever did! “The eco-tourism industry is incredibly fascinating and rewarding – and so is working alongside the talented professionals at SpringTide; supporting University Co-op students; and collaborating with tour companies from around the world”.
Captain Ian was born and raised close to Liverpool, England. After finishing his degree in Earth Sciences, he travelled the world extensively and soon found his passion for Wildlife and the Ocean. He has worked all over the globe; as Dive Master & Captain in the Cayman Islands and a Master Scuba Diver Trainer in Cozumel, Mexico. Ian has chosen Victoria BC to settle down with his wife and kids! Ian says “I have immense respect for the Ocean and its Wildlife and I am truly privileged to work out there on a daily basis.”
Dave has been a perfect fit for SpringTide Whale Watching since 2009, with his love of the Ocean and Marine Wildlife. Recently retired from a career as a high school teacher, Dave escapes into the deep BC wilds every summer, to dive and fish with his family. Captain Dave also has a very interesting job captaining an Ocean-going ambulance at all hours of the day and night in the Southern Gulf Islands.
Yves was brought up on the St Lawrence River and after a long career in the Royal Canadian Navy, has spent 14 years working on Victoria’s beautiful harbour. He loves to take photos as he continues to explore the Ocean environment around Victoria. He enjoys travelling and meeting travelers from around the world.
Geoff grew up on boats his family sailed. He raced competitively on the international circuit for years before settling in at SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours where he’s been a Skipper since 2009. “Working at SpringTide is all about living a life on the water,” he says. He takes pride in helping our guests gain a deeper understanding of the need for conservation. Geoff has just completed his Undergraduate degree and is currently sharing his great sailing skills with the Paralympic Sailing Team.
Greg began with SpringTide Whale Watching in the spring of 2016. He has family living in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the UK, so he gets around! So far, he has traveled to a whopping 25 countries and counting, but according to Greg, “there’s no place like home: I was born on the southwest coast and I am a proud product of BC – I love our Province and this country!” Greg loves working and interacting with the diverse crew that make up SpringTide. He feels his colleagues resonate with experience blended with “a playful kindness and empathy in community”.
Greg’s career path has taken him from a forest fire fighter to an owner of a company servicing BC Ski Resorts, BC Wineries & premiere BC Fishing lodges. This experience allowed him to experience first hand the destination resort experience that so many of SpringTide’s guests come to see. He has also studied Canadian History and Geography at a University in Ottawa. From the time Greg was young, he has been involved in some form of water activities. He grew up spending much of his spare time fishing, crabbing and prawning on the water with friends and family on Lummi Island, in the USA San Juan Islands. He has worked as a commercial fisherman and on the water as the Captain of a pirate ship! In his spare time, Greg enjoys water sports, holding his breath underwater for an incredible 3 minutes! (on a dare); and spending time with his adorable 11-year-old rescue (who thinks she’s still a puppy).
Mark has been with SpringTide for two seasons now. As part of the crew, Mark enjoys the relaxed but professional atmosphere of the family-run business. He enjoys sharing his passion for the Ocean with our guests, wanting to instill a desire to protect, love and preserve the waters in current and future generations. In addition to Mark’s love of the Ocean, he also possesses a passion for travel. He began his adventures diving and climbing in Africa, which led to a seven-year around-the-world trip without flying. A pretty incredible venture! He has been across Europe, to the Arctic, across Russia, Mongolia, China, the Middle East, South America; to mention just a few. He eventually ended up in the Caribbean working as a Captain on luxury catamarans. Mark also volunteers as a medic on ski patrol, has taught sailing, delivered boats all over the world, is a rescue diver, a licensed Captain and Guide who has worked in many different countries and with many different cultures. Some of the other activities that occupy Mark’s time are sailing, kite-surfing, diving, playing music, camping, travelling, cooking, mountaineering, growing food, supporting small local events, and marine conservation.
One of Marty’s passions is hiking. Really big hikes. He is often found in the mountains on multi-day trips, exploring the wilderness and climbing peaks. He is our team hiking leader! On Sundays, you can find him exploring the vast network of hiking trails found in and around Victoria. Ask him for some recommendations if you are interested in exploring some breathtaking views and unique places to stretch your legs.
Gord has been with SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours since 2014. As with other SpringTide employees, Gord has traveled extensively through most of Canada, much of the United States, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand. Cuba’s next on Gord’s bucket list. What brought Gord to SpringTide you ask? Well Gord spent a lot of time working on and under the water while working at the Royal BC Museum. After retiring from the museum, he missed not being on the water so he jumped at the chance to work on the Ocean again. For Gord, the people at SpringTide are also great to work with – and of course seeing Whales every day ain’t bad!
Previous to his days with SpringTide, Gord worked at the Royal BC Museum for 33 years in the Marine Biology Department and Public Programs Department. He is still a Research Associate at the Museum and continues the research on marine life that he was involved in while employed there. When Gord does have spare time, he still loves to travel.
Kat has been working with SpringTide since 2008, making 2016 her ninth season! Hailing from Victoria, Kat received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Victoria. After she graduated, she travelled for a year doing research internships. She studied Humpback Whales in Alaska, Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii, and Whales on the BC coast. She recently completed her M.Sc. at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Kat’s research interests focus on bio-acoustics: using sound to gather information about how Marine Mammals interact with each other and with human noise. She can identify the calls of several Marine Mammal species, and even does impersonations! Kat loves being a part of SpringTide because she gets to meet people from all over the world who are interested in Whales, and enrich their experience by sharing her knowledge and passion. She also loves it when people come on-board wanting to just see Whales, and leave wanting to help save them!
Laureline began her journey with SpringTide in April 2016. An avid traveler, she has been to all continents except Antarctica! But it’s definitely on her bucket list. Most notably, Laureline has visited Japan, Thailand, Fiji, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, USA, Morocco, Tunisia and more. She has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal and Canada. What brought Laureline to Victoria (and SpringTide) were the Orcas. They are one of her favourite cetacean species and are, in her opinion, some of the most social animals on the planet. Working as a Naturalist Guide for SpringTide gives Laureline “a fantastic feeling as I can share my love and interest for animals and show people how amazing they are. Hopefully after a cruise with us, people will want to do more to protect the environment and the wildlife.”
Laureline is also an accomplished doctor in Animal Behavior with a strong interest for social, maternal and sexual behaviors. Her passion for marine biology has lead her to a career as a Biologist, Lecturer and Naturalist Guide for the last ten years or so. During her free time, you can find her sailing and snorkeling, or hiking and spending hours watching animals in the wild.
Izzy grew up in Victoria. She began as a volunteer for SpringTide Whale Watching at the age of 14 and now, five years later, is one of our top Marine Naturalists working aboard the Marauder IV. Happiest on the water, she is currently pursuing a degree in Ocean Sciences at Dalhousie University where between classes, she works in the Whale Research Lab studying Sperm Whale acoustics. She can’t wait to get back on the water this season!