Joel was born on the Gold Coast, Australia. Lucky enough to have traveled to more than 30 countries before turning 13, traveling is all he knows. After experiencing a ‘real’ winter in Canada during 2009/10, he was hooked. Since then Joel has blended a love for adventure sports with harsh cold environments. Annually surfing in the Canadian Arctic with icebergs and polar bears, mountaineering at high-altitude in Nepal and backcountry skiing in Afghanistan.
Joel has a vast knowledge of different environments from his various work as a Polar Bear guide, a naturalist in Antarctica, Greenland and Svalbard over the past 3 years, snowboard instructor/guide in Japan, a veterinary assistant at a wildlife hospital in Australia and dog mushing guide/instructor in Canada.
He currently has no permanent address, enjoys constantly traveling, as well as meeting and learning about people and their experiences. As a qualified teacher, it is engrained in Joel to impart knowledge and experiences to enhance a person’s understanding. He is looking forward to sharing new experiences and his joy of travel with you whilst aboard.
What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?
“The moment I fell in love with Antarctica. it was arriving at the viewpoint of Neko Harbour on my very first trip to Antarctica. To be surrounded 360 degrees by glaciers on a blue-bird day, with whales in the bay and standing on my 7th continent was a very special experience.”