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Meet the Boat Staff

This friendly team will keep you safe when you are onboard the MV Tenacious III or MV Kuluta.

One of our experienced Captains and onboard naturalists will be your hosts during your tour. They will keep you safe, comfortable and informed while out on the water. They are all trained to Transport Canada Standards with extensive knowledge about our marine environment and wildlife, each with their own reason for making sure your adventure is their passion!

Captain John

A Campbell River local all his life, John retired from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), following a 33 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 incredible coast. It is great being part of a truly dedicated team here at Discovery Marine Safaris.”


Captain Ted

Born on the West Coast. Ted has spent most of his working life on vessels of all sizes navigating the waters around Vancouver island, proudly serving with the Canadian Coast Guard.

“The sea is in my veins I guess, working for Discovery Marine Safaris, keeps me out on the water enjoying the coastal environment that I love. Sharing my knowledge about the area and the wildlife and interacting with guests from around the world is just one of the benefits. Hope to see you soon."

Your naturalists and crew

One of this friendly group will be your host and onboard naturalist.  Working closely with our Captains to keep you safe, comfortable and informed, they will look out for wildlife and eagerly share their passion and knowledge about the different marine mammals and bird species.

“Our 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.”



A Lifelong love of whales and the ocean led me to uproot my life back in     Ontario and follow my dreams of working on the water.

  This is my third season with Discovery Marine Safaris and every day brings new and exciting adventures.  One of the best things for me is sharing my love and passion for this incredible place and seeing the reactions on guests faces as they experience the amazing.


I have had a huge passion for marine mammals ever since I could remember. Being from the Netherlands, I have always dreamed of going to Vancouver Island to witness the different types of Killer Whales that I heard so much about!  I am beyond lucky and grateful that I have the opportunity to share my passion with our guests, both in the office and as a naturalist on the boat.



Originally from Germany I moved to Campbell River in 1997. My passion for animals and the ocean led me to study marine Biology. I feel so fortunate that I can incorporate my passion for the marine environment while onboard the Tenacious III sharing my knowledge with guests during the summers.  It fills my heart to see people from all over the world come and share in the beauty around us, make memories for a lifetime and learn about the wonders in and around the water. I will never take this privilege for granted and strive to do my part in protecting the beauty we have.


I am excited to join the Discovery Marine Safaris team this year as a deckhand and naturalist. Living (and surfing) in coastal communities on Vancouver Island and in the Philippines has sparked my passion for environmental education and marine conservation.  I moved to Vancouver Island in 2010 to complete my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Classics at the University of Victoria. Since migrating out west, I have fallen in love with the temperate rainforest and can't imagine life away from the ocean.

Jackie Hildering - Our 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.