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Meet the Boat Staff

John Lewis - Captain

I am proud to be born and raised in beautiful Campbell River. Recently, I have retired from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), following a 32 year career as a federal fishery officer. Working for Discovery Marine Safaris (DMS) provides the opportunity to pay it forward sharing my knowledge and respect for local coastal ecosystems.  My personal objective is furthering public education and appreciation of our wonderful coast.  It is great being part of a truly dedicated environmentally minded team here at Discovery Marine Safaris.

 

Geoff Dunstan - Captain

Being born and raised in the Campbell River area I absolutely love our wildlife. So much that I am a captain for Stubbs Island Whale Watching and Discovery Marine Safaris.

See you onboard!

 

John Lapp - Captain

John's done it all: First Nations consultant, kayak guide, managed Knight Inlet Lodge, etc.  This is his second season with us and his experience on the water makes for a great trip every time!

 

Jackie Hildering - Education and Conservation Advisor

Jackie is an award-winning marine educator who has been part of the Stubbs Island Whale Watching team since 1999. We're very excited to now have her working with us at Discovery Marine Safaris. Recognition of her work includes being the 2010 winner of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Murray A. Newman Award for Excellence in Aquatic Conservation. She taught biology and administered international schools in the Netherlands for 14 years and, since returning to BC, has also been the local Department of Fisheries and Oceans Education Coordinator; works as Communications Director for the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and Community Liaison for the 'Namgis First Nations Closed Containment Salmon Farm ;is president of the local scuba diving club, and educates as “The Marine Detective”. Having the privilege of witnessing the return of humpback whales to our area led Jackie to becoming a researcher and co-founding the Marine Education and Research Society
She has promoted marine conservation in a variety of roles on radio and television including  Animal Planet's “Wild Obsessions – The Great Whales” in 2012; an episode of the Knowledge Network’s “Head’s Up” children’s educational series with Bob MacDonald in 2008 and the German documentary by Christel Fomm of GRUPPE 5 “Vancouver Island - Wild Beauty in the Pacific” (Vancouver Island - Wilde Schönheit im Pazifik) in 2006.

 


Amber - Naturalist

As a Naturalist with Discovery Marine Safaris I get to share my passion for the marine environment with all of our guests. My interest in the ocean realm started from a young age. I did most of my schooling on the other coast of Canada where I graduated with a degree in Marine Biology. A constant drive to learn more took me to New Zealand where I completed a masters degree in Marine Conservation. In between schooling I have worked with various environmental organizations. I feel very fortunate to now work with Discovery Marine Safaris where I strive to make my knowledge count. My passion for the marine environment is constantly renewed by our guests who are keen to learn and so greatly appreciate the astounding beauty of this place.