Our Crew

Our crew

A dedicated and fun bunch

Captain Bill

Since 2008

Bill is the owner of Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours and Captain of the Magellan. With over 40 years experience at sea you are in safe hands with Bill at the wheel. There is not much that Bill hasn’t seen on and in the water but you’ll still find him enthusiastic as ever wherever he locates a Whale shark, a whale or any marine life in the water. From a career as a Cray Fisherman to Commercial Tourism Operator, Bill is happiest on the water. He fell in love with Ningaloo when he leased his boat and worked for then owners of the company, the King Family back in 2008. He loved it so much he bought the business and has been based here ever since.


Since 2016

Either your Skipper or Deckhand for the day. Moving to Coral Bay in 2008, Dane comes from a long line of Skippers with all but one member of his large family qualified to drive a boat. In his time on the water Dane has worked in both the Commercial and Charter industry and done everything from working on Whale shark boats, Manta Ray Tour vessels ,Glass Bottom boats, Fishing Boats ,Liveaboards and Scientific research. So there is not much of the Ningaloo coastline that he hasn’t explored nor is there an animal that he cannot find for you. Dane is our boats good luck charm as he often finds Whale sharks without the use of our spotter plane.


Since 2021

Keeping it all in the family, Kylie is not only our relief Skipper she is also Dane’s sister. Taking the Kings crew family to a new level. Kylie, like Dane has grown up on the water and has skippered charter vessels in both Coral Bay, Exmouth and on the Great Barrier Reef. She’s a veteran of nine Whale shark seasons on the Ningaloo Reef. Not only a skipper, she is a dive master and mum of two, (future skippers we’re sure).


Since 2020

Dan is one of our newest crew members and came to work with Kings after several years working on the Great Barrier Reef. Dan is a qualified Dive Instructor, Underwater Photographer and a Skipper. What can’t he do ?…….he’s even worked as a chef! A boats deckhand has one of the hardest working roles on board the vessel and Dan does it all with a smile. You may even find him behind the wheel some days. Dan is qualified to work within every role on board our vessel so you are in safe hands if he’s around.


Since 2021

Jess has lived in Exmouth for several years and has joined us as our underwater photographer. For those that have been to Exmouth you may already be familiar with his work as his full time gig is as part owner of Gallery 6707. Jess has some amazing photographs from his years working on the Ningaloo Reef so if you haven’t already then we recommend stopping by for a visit. We’ve loved having him on board and can’t wait to see what images will become his next best selling print.


Since 2017

Alanah is one of our in water Interaction Guides and spends her time between Ningaloo and the east coast. Her energy is not only infectious but never ending. This is Alanah’s third season with us, she loves it so much. The first thing you will notice about Alanah and the one image that will stay with you is her beaming smile. She greets everyone with this gorgeous smile even early in the morning. In her spare time Alanah is a keen drone pilot so be prepared to see her out and about, inspired by our environment, capturing our unique landscapes.


Since 2021

Anna comes to us already with 5 years experience Whale sharking in Coral Bay. She absolutely loving the change of scenery and has fit right in with our motley crew. A qualified Rescue Diver, Anna has lived and worked on the ocean for most of her working career and is still enthusiastic as ever whenever we encounter any marine life.


Since 2019

Jade is a West Australian girl who fell in love with Exmouth when travelling around Australia. So much so she decided to make it her home. Jade has worked with us since 2019. A qualified Dive Instructor this bubbly little pocket rocket is one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Before coming to us, Jade worked at Dive Ningaloo, diving the Navy Pier so if you are looking to experience this for yourself or maybe tap into some local knowledge regarding dive sites in the area, Jade is your go to girl.


Since 2021

Originally from New Zealand, Shay has spent the last several years working on the Great Barrier Reef. Shay made the decision to travel west and see what WA had to offer. She has been blown away with the diversity and frequency of megafauna encounters that we experience here on the Ningaloo Reef. Plus she has developed a soft spot for our favourite spotty fish the Whale shark. A qualified Dive Instructor, Shay is loving her new role as Spotter on the Magellan. She was beaming after her first Whale shark encounter, we can’t see wait to see her face and is eagerly awaiting her first in water encounter with a Humpback Whale.

Work with us

Employment with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours

Swimming with Whale sharks, exploring Ningaloo Reef and living an endless summer definitely sounds like a dream job, doesn’t it? It is something that is not lost on our crew, they love their jobs and that passion really does shine through, but they also work really hard. Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours pride ourselves on our elite dedicated crew, who are always willing to go that extra mile to ensure your holiday on Ningaloo Reef is everything you want it to be. Should a vacancy within our team become available, it will be advertised here on our website and via our social media pages.

2021 Season Crew


Do you have what it takes?

Each year we receive hundreds of expressions of interest from people wanting to work for our company. We employ a small crew of 8-10 but have one of the highest retention rates within the industry. We thought we’d put together a little checklist for those considering applying to be part of the Kings work family. Please note the following is based on criteria that our company look for in potential applicants, this may not be reflected across all companies within our industry.

Click on each Crew position for details as to what we look for in potential crew. The Whale shark industry on Ningaloo Reef attracts a very competitive job market. This benefits not only our company but also our passengers. Successful crew members often will be multi skilled, having met not only our essential criteria but also ticking several boxes within our desirable criteria as well. For example it is quite common to have a snorkel guide who is a qualified Marine Biologist and underwater photographer. We set high standards for our crew and aim to ensure they are guided by the following commitments:

  • Professionalism, integrity and expertise of all of our team
  • Respect and care for the environment
  • Safety above all for passengers and crew
  • Quality and excellence of reef experience and marine encounters


  • First Aid Certificate
  • Proven Experience in the ocean – ie Surf Rescue Certificate/ Dive Master/ Dive Instructor
  • Tourism / Customer Service experience
  • Positive, enthusiastic nature
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Safety conscious attitude


  • Marine Biology Degree
  • Underwater Photography – skills and equipment are definitely a bonus
  • Multi-lingual skills are an advantage
  • LR Drivers licence with PTD or F Extension
  • Knowledge of Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef


  • Coxswains Ticket
  • Proven Sea time
  • Bronze Medallion/ Dive Certification/ Surf Rescue
  • Physical fitness and strength
  • Good practical skills
  • Have an eye for detail
  • Ability to work as a team player but also autonomously


  • Senior First Aid Certification
  • Time management skills
  • Food handling Certificate
  • Tourism/ Customer Service Experience
  • Knowledge of Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef


  • Tourism / Administration experience
  • Cash Handling experience
  • Great communication skills
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Positive, enthusiastic nature
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi task
  • Time Management


  • Experience with the Rezdy Booking System
  • MYOB experience
  • Knowledge of Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef
  • Multi-lingual skills are an advantage
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