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.

Dane

Since 2016

You’ll find Dane on board as 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.

Dan

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.

Jess

Since 2016

This is one very talented woman. She is a qualified Marine Biologist, our Underwater Photographer, Interaction Guide and Bus Driver all rolled into one. Jess regularly works with Ecocean on their research projects and is happy to educate anyone about Whale shark conservation. Most commonly you’ll find Jess at the other end of the camera lens. She will be the one to look out for when you’re in position for your perfect Whale shark selfie!

Alanah

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.

Kelsi

Since 2018

This mermaid comes to us from across the ditch, she loves it here so much we’ve claimed her. Kelsi is a qualified Dive Master and Marine Biologist . You’ll also find her with an underwater camera in her hand as she is also one of our Photographers on board the Magellan. Besides the ocean and surfing, Kelsi’s other love is her dog Charlie. So be prepared to learn all about Whale sharks , a variety of marine life and the daily adventures of Charlie when on a tour with us.

Jade

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.

Liv

Since 2020

Liv is a recent addition to our team. She divides her time between working on board the Magellan as one of our guides and running Free Dive Courses. Liv is a free dive instructor, you can’t keep this girl out of the water. So if you would like some tips on how she manages to remain underwater for so long, Liv has all the knowledge you seek.

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

NO VACANCIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

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

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

  • 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

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

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

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

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