Meet the Team Behind Adventure Bay Charters
We are the most awarded adventure tour, Shark Cage Dive operator in Australia!
We are committed to becoming one of Australia’s leading tourism businesses, and one of the only true eco-friendly Great White Shark tour operators in the world.
We are focused on just one thing – making our marine adventure tours the most memorable experience you will ever have.
The Adventure Bay Charters (ABC) team
Our team of fun-loving, passionate staff will share their knowledge and passion of our marine wonders–great white sharks, sea lions and the incredible, unspoiled coastal environment of the Eyre Peninsula that we get to wake up to every morning.
Position – Owner
How Long at ABC – Started the company in 2007.
What Do You Like About Working At ABC (Owning your own business) – The thrill of showing people the most amazing things, watching their expression as they come to life in the presents of a truly spectacular natural wonder and the hope that this small service changes their perspective and may be a little of their life’s future direction
Hobbies – Hockey, art, reading, fishing & spending time with friends & family.
Andrew “Macca” McKinnon
Position – General Manager
How Long At ABC – Since March 2014.
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Working for a company that is always striving to be an industry leader. Learning new skills everyday from one of the best operators in South Australia. Being able to travel to promote our tours. Getting the chance to meet people within the Tourism industry. Working for a family run business makes you appreciate the hard work and sacrifices that are needed to make the business a success.
Hobbies – Golf, AFL, spending time with family and friends.
Position – Office Guru
How Long at ABC – April 2015
What Do You Like About Working At ABC -I love being able to help our customers make their bucket list dreams a reality! Port Lincoln’s coastline and marine environment is a beautiful and amazingly unique place – and it’s great being able to raise awareness and promote this both within Australia, and to an international market.
Hobbies – Music – I play acoustic guitar and sing at the local bars, backpacking – making my way across the world one continent at a time, scuba diving & exploring the underwater world, surfing with mates, and general outdoor exploring!
Lila “Rocket” Watson
Position – Crew 2 & Hostess
How Long at ABC – I have been working at Adventure Bay since September 2014. During this time I have grown such great friendships with everyone here at ABC!
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – The fact that we get to spend days on the ocean and the awesome people I get to work with! Its also great because I have learnt so much throughout the time of working here!
Hobbies – Fishing, free diving, adventuring, surfing and photography.
Position – Skipper
How Long At ABC – Started in 2007. I was employed as a trainee but continued working here once I completed my traineeship. Over the years I have slowly completed the training required to become a skipper/engineer.
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – I now run the swim with the Sea Lion tours and absolutely love it. I have always loved the water and being outdoors so having a career in an industry that allows me to do what I love is amazing.
Hobbies – Spending time with my friends and family doing a wide range of activities. I love fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and most water sports but I also enjoy restoring cars, walking my dog, reading novels and target shooting.
Position – Skipper
How Long At ABC – Since 2009
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Love the reaction I get from guests when they first come up from a dive after encounter with a great white.
Hobbies – Golf, surfing & fishing.
Position – Pat Police
How Long At ABC – Since 2010
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Staff take me to the beach, I get to meet new people, sleeping in the office doorway and everyone wants to adopt me.
Hobbies – Stealing the office door stop, wandering to Cruisers Cafe and riding in the back of the ute.
Position – Customer Service Manager
How Long At ABC – With ABC since December 2014
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – What I like about working here: every day is different, marine life never fails to amaze and surprise. Oh, and my work mates are pretty awesome too!
Hobbies – Diving/ Snorkelling, Photography, Camping, Socialising
Position – Skipper
How Long At ABC – With ABC since January 2015
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – I love being able to go see sharks on a regular basis. I also love the reactions you get from different people after they have an amazing dive with a Great White Shark. Having a great bunch of people who all love there job, and are passionate about what they do definitely makes working at ABC a great experience.
Hobbies – Fishing, Watching AFL, spending time with family & surfing
Kym “Shep” Shepperd
Position – Skipper
How Long At ABC – With ABC since 2012
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Constantly being on the ocean working with an awsome motivated crew & being surrounded by epic scenery & wildlife which changes daily. Taking people out to experience the open ocean & viewing Great Whites for their first time never grows old! Not many people can say they enjoy their job……….besides ABC workers
Hobbies – Surfing, Kitesurfing, Scuba Diving, SUP, Fishing,
Position – Crew 2
How Long at ABC – Since June 2014
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – The reason why I love working here is because I love the ocean, interacting with marine animals and meeting new people from all over the world!
Hobbies – Besides work I love to go camping with mates, chilling at beaches, go scuba diving. I love to go fishing and jump in get some abs or crays!! I also have a passion for flying. I’ve been taking lessons so when I’m 16 I can get my pilots license
Position – Coxwain
How Long at ABC – I first started working for ABC February 2014. My very first day I immediately wanted a place on this boat working for this company. Growing up in Port Lincoln & being so close to the beach & living on such a ‘Beautiful Coastline’ I was bound to grow into an ocean lover & all that comes with it plus so much more! Getting a chance to work for an Eco Friendly Tourism Company is more than just a dream come true! Being able to contribute to others people’s dreams & bucket lists is such a self satisfying & beautiful feeling!
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Working for ABC & becoming part of a team with a bunch of legends is a great feeling! I personally couldn’t tell you what I like about working for ABC because I absolutely “LOVE” working for them! Every part of this company is truly inspiring from trying to learn & understand the amazing Great White Sharks to the adorable Australian Sea Lions to Matt & Tracy who have dedicated so much passion & hard work to build this company. I believe this is only the beginning to an incredible future & as a team we can strive for the goals we desire!
Hobbies – I spend a lot of my free time surfing, snorkeling, camping & going on random adventurous road trips up the coast.
Position – Coxwain
How Long At ABC – With ABC for 3 months and counting.
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – I love working with a team of like-minded people and of course I love seeing sharks and seals in their natural environment. Being on the boat is the most incredible office! It’s also a privilege to be able to pass on a love for these animals and messages of conservation to our passengers. Another great thing about working for ABC is the trust and equality. It’s rad to come into the office and see the show being run by a 17 year old girl or having our 17 year old decky also working as an interpreter for our Chinese passengers. It’s an inspiring, young team!
Hobbies – hobbies include all things beach! I love camping, swimming, surfing, sea kayaking (I’ve paddled from Lincoln to the Yorke Peninsula before), cycling, and painting. I’m supposed to be a teacher and I also have passions for education, sustainability, feminism and the Planet.
Position – Junior Crew
How Long At ABC – With ABC since December 2016
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – I love working at Adventure Bay because I love the Ocean and feel lucky to be able to work on it. Everyday is different which makes work even more exciting than it already is. There is no such thing as a boring shift which is very important. Plus I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and work with great staff.
Hobbies – Netball, surfing, playing the trumpet, travelling, watching Formula One and spending time with family and friends.
Position – Deckhand, Biologist and Volunteer Coordinator
How Long At ABC – Since Oct 2016
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – I love being able to work in a place that provides a platform for me to educate and inspire people about the environment and everything living within it! I love that ABC is environmentally conscious, and endeavours to give customers more than just the dive or swim…we hope that customers can walk away with not only a great experience, but also inspiration and motivation to become more eco-conscious in their own lives and to care for our planet.
Hobbies – Rock climbing, surfing, hiking, photography, travelling.
Position – Coxwain
How Long At ABC – This is my second season with Adventure Bay Charters Yew!
What Do You Like About Working At ABC – Guests on our charters often ask us if we are family, we have a very passionate and enthusiastic team that provides a very personal experience for our guests. It is a privilege to work for and with a crew that loves their work and be led by committed and supportive leaders. As a crew member, it is being out on the water every day and immersing ourselves in ocean wildlife. It’s just what we love to do. It is really important for me to share how important and unique these Great Whites and Australian Sea Lions are.
Hobbies – Coastal missions wherever my troopy ‘Ray’… my little ‘Ray’ of sunshine takes me. In my element in and by the coast.