Read on to find out more about us and the team Sydney Harbour Escapes (SHE)
Position: Owner of Sydney Harbour Escapes
Qualifications and Experience: Coxwain- Master 5, Australian Yachting Federation Instructor, Open Water Diving Qualifications. 22yrs Hotelier. Has been sailing with a passion since childhood, Completed many offshore sailing trips in Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Greece, Croatia and the Carribean. Has bareboat sailed in Tonga where he swam with humpback whales.
Quirks: Too Many! Hates sand in food. Known by his friends to do everything to the MAX! A purveyor of fine Aussie sayings.
Interests: Travelling, cooking, gardening, diving, anything outdoors.
Position: Owner Manager, Creative Director
Qualifications and Experience: Fine Artist/Painter/Printmaker, Drawing lecturer at NIDA, UNSW; Coordinator Fine Arts Dept, North Coast Institute of TAFE, Artist and Marketing, Human Relations Dept, NSW Dept of Education, Business Owner. Lured into the boating business by- guess who. Experience bare boat sailing in Australia, Tonga, Greece and Croatia.
Quirks: Married to Dom Coleman!
Interests: Travelling, creative, history, science, camping, bush, beach and water pursuits. Tries to combine all these in her artworks.
Position: Key Account Manager
Responsibilities: Office Management, customer service, event coordination, sales and bookings
Qualifications and Experience: Advanced Diploma in Event Management at Sydney TAFE, Ultimo. Experience working in hotels, conferencing, trade and consumer exhibitions and street festivals.
Quirks: Brown belt in karate!
Interests: Drawing, travelling, cooking and entertaining
Position: Charter and Superyacht Specialist
Responsibilities: Customer service, sales, bookings and professional advice on Charter Boats, Superyachts and Term Charters.
Qualifications and Experience: Yachtmaster certificate, Diploma in Small Business Planning, NSW Licenced Real Estate Agent. Born and raised in Sydney with a passion for boating, I have first-hand knowledge of the Harbour. Originally worked in the Travel Industry my focus is finding our clients the best value & most suitable vessels to charter in Sydney Harbour.
Quirks: I seek to be worth knowing rather than be well known
Interests: Worldwide Boating holidays, I have sailed and chartered on Sydney Harbour, South Pacific, Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Position: Boat and Superyacht Consultant
Responsibilities: Sales, bookings and professional consulting on Charter Boats, Superyachts and Term Charters.
Qualifications and Experience: Industrial Engineering master’s degree, work experience as project manager at Nestlé, understanding market needs and launching innovative products along with Marketing and Sales team. Quality assurance at Toyota in France. Experience as dockmaster at Rose Bay Marina, diving into a passion for boats.
Quirks: Retired gypsy – lived in 6 countries, speak 5 languages.
Interests: Beach, Travel, Yoga and, of course, boats.
Position: Digital Marketing Specialist
Responsibilities: Website management, digital promotions, photo and video editing, content management, email marketing, social media and customer service.
Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor of Information Technology, Diploma in Multimedia
Experience: Experience in website development, digital designing, online marketing
Interests: Singing, playing guitar, information technology.
Position: Web Systems Manager
Responsibilities: Website systems and interfaces
Qualifications and Experience: Masters in Systems Development , Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), PRINCE2 Foundation/Practitioner, Worked in numerous IT roles in Telecoms and HR industry working on billing, engineering, psychometic testing.
Quirks: Went to learn French in France and ended up in Australia.
Interests: Swimming, travelling, running (Park runs), Ted talks, comedy and enjoying a good coffee with friends
Position: Marketing Manager
Responsibilities: Campaign strategy, management and analytics, digital and social media marketing, editing, photography and customer service.
Qualifications and Experience: Master of Business Administration; MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp; Bachelor of Business Administration; Swiss Hotel Association Diploma. Certifications: Digital Marketing, Social Media, SEO and e-Commerce specialisations; Data Science; Commercial Photography; Adobe and other marketing tools.
Experience: 10+ years working in luxury hospitality organisations worldwide. Diverse experience in Operations, Project and Marketing Management, with background leading 5 star hotel renovation projects and concept design, marketing plans, creative artwork production, data analytics, and business performance measurement.
Quirks: Lived in every continent except Antarctica!
Interests:Photography, traveling, wine and everything else that is good in life.
Position: Head Skipper, Dockmaster
Responsibilities: General Skippering, Corporate Racing, Dock Duties, Administration, Training Staff, Customer Service
Qualifications and Experience: RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power, Sail) , RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power, Sail), commercially endorsed skipper to 200t by AMSA ( Australian Maritime Safety Authority), Coxwain, BA Honours Degree (Geography). In charge of maintenance of the SHE fleet. Ensuring all vessels are in tip top condition and comply with survey safety regulations at all times for customers and skippers alike. Experience includes 10 years skippering, boat management, charters, deliveries worldwide, private boat management.
Quirks: Loves things spick and span
Interests: Scuba Diving
Responsibilities: Skippering, boat preparations, customer service.
Qualifications and Experience: Coxwain, currently studying for Master MED3. Boat owner and jack of all trades used in the nautical industry including electrical, mechanical repairs to name just a few.
Quirks: Just want to have fun!
Interests: Game fishing, diving, wakeboarding and mountain biking.
Position: Hostess / Deckhand
Responsibilities: Make sure everyone has a fabulous day out on the harbour. Organise and prepare food and drinks for clients and ensure the smooth running of the charter. Helping to keep boat in tip top condition.
Qualifications and Experience: Sailed a lot as a kid. Always a willing crew member. Worked on a flotilla sailing around the Greek Islands as Hostee. Been working on Dreamtime Girl since she started, 5 years ago. Done my GPH, Coxswain, Master 5 Courses. First Aid, RSA and whatever else is on offer to enhance my experience. Bought my own little tub to play on when I’m not working.
Quirks: Love a chat. Smile and the world smiles with you.
Interests: Meeting people, sailing, bootcamp, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Any time on the water, on almost anything really, cooking, having fun and living life.
Position: Hostess / Deckhand
Responsibilities: Hostess and general deckhand duties, making sure all on board keep a smile on their face!
Qualifications and Experience: Registered nurse, has grown up with boats so nautical knowledge is ingrained.
Quirks: Daughter of Cathy Bennett, so inherited happiness
Interests: Sailing and holidays
Position: Seawind Skipper & DTG Decky
Qualifications and Experience: Coxswain and YA sailing instructor, Carpenter/Builder. "Jack of all trades, master of a small vessel".
Of a Danish heritage with Viking blood in his veins, Guy has been sailing since childhood (some say he still is a child). Since immigrating to Australia, he has volunteered as a Coast Guard for 10 years, cruised the East Coast extensively on his 35' Ketch, has explored many NSW rivers and lakes in small boats and canoes and generally had a great time on the water! Various passengers including Auckland to Sydney and Darwin to Singapore, UK Canal system, deliveries East along the Australian Coast.
Quirks: Guy is a great cook and he can ride a unicycle. He once worked in a circus!
Interests: History of Sydney Harbour and birthplace of our modern nation. the arts ballet, Yoga, bush walking and stuff that floats.
Responsibilities: Skippering, Boat Preparations, Customer service.
Qualifications and Experience: Master 5 MED3, Yacht Owner, 2010 Formula Ford NSW State Champion!
Quirks: Loves a Party!
Interests: Motor Racing, Music, the Arts, Stock Market, Dance Parties, Sailing, Sailing, Sailing
Responsibilities: General Skippering, Corporate Racing
Qualifications and Experience: Master 5 Skipper,has done much international sailing. SBS Accountant, TAFE Teacher
Quirks: Lateral thinker-still working on how to cut out all paperwork!
Interests: Sailing, Sailing, Sailing.
Responsibilities: Making sure everyone has a safe but perfect day on the harbour.
Qualifications and Experience: Master 5 Marine Certificate, Marine Engine Driver 3 Certificate (MED3), Open water diving ticket, Flotilla Skipper - Greek Islands - Croatia. Sailed many deliveries up and down the Australian coast, sailed to Lord Howe island and back.
Interests: Travelling, swimming, flying (paragliders), bike riding and being active.
Responsibilities: Charter boat skippering, customer service
Qualifications and Experience: Master V, MED3. Extensive experience in skippering and overseas vessel delivery.
Quirks: Defying age by extreme fitness
Interests: Iron Man events, surfing, travelling
Responsibilities: General Skippering, Corporate Racing, Customer Service
Qualifications and Experience: RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail) , RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail), commercially endorsed skipper to 200t by AMSA ( Australian Maritime Safety Authority)
Quirks: Loves boats
Interests: House and furniture design, travelling, food
Responsibilities: Vessel master, tour guide, bbq chef, photographer and anything else required to ensure that your occasion is safe and enjoyable.
Qualifications and Experience: Coxswain Grade 1 NC. Extensive experience with recreational and commercial vessels.
Quirks: Likes to turn everything into a competition.
Interests: Summer, boats and parties. Preferably together!
Position: Most Likely Future Skipper
Responsibilities: First mate duties, deckhand and cleaning.
Qualifications and Experience: 17 yrs boating experience, since day dot, especially good at helming. Mini-me of Dom
Quirks: Needs outdoor therapy to be sane. He was born on the day that Sydney Harbour Escapes started!
Interests: Boats, surf comps, carpentry and cop shows.
Position: Possible Future Skipper
Responsibilities: General deckhand, boat cleaner and keeping everyone from getting too serious.
Qualifications and Experience: 15 yrs boating experience.
Quirks: Resident joker and can climb like a monkey - any place, any height, no fear.
Interests: Skateboarding, surfing, soccer, acrobatics, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
In our hearts forever is our beloved Josh Dodds who had worked for Sydney Harbour Escapes for four years, starting as a deckhand and and eventually becoming Dock Manager and Skipper .
Josh died of a lung infection on 18th Nov 2013, after being diagnosed with Leukemia in early 2013. He was 24 years old. His memory will always warm our hearts.
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