Seafari enjoys working with a team of diverse and interesting people who share a passion in boats, wildlife, tourism and customer service. Everyone is dedicated to ensure Seafari maintains its leading position within the industry providing exceptional marine wildlife tours.
Meet Tony and Jess
Tony and Jess are the driving force behind Seafari Adventures (Oban). Tony has 48 years of boating/diving experience, the last 39 being on the West Coast of Scotland. His knowledge of the area is extensive. He took groups of divers from Rathlin Island in the south to Orkney in the north and St Kilda in the west. Marine wildlife tourism and education have been a core part of his background. Founding Seafari Adventures (Oban) in 1999, Tony, a retired teacher, and Jess who ran a clinical audit for joint replacements left their day jobs behind when in 2004 their children completed their schooling.
Unable to purchase or have RIBs built to their exact requirements Seafari now operates an extensive workshop. All boats are purpose designed and fitted out in house during the winter months.
Our Ticket Office
We are the only boat company in the area to operate a fully staffed shore facility. Lead by Carolyn and supported by Jess, Sarah and Claire, your bookings and enquiries will be efficiently handled. There will be a smiling face to greet you on arrival or a cheery voice on the telephone. If you need assistance or have any questions or concerns please just ask the team. We are all here to help and ensure your marine wildlife experience is enjoyable throughout.
Carolyn joined the Seafari team in 2014, she is more than likely the person who will respond to your emails, answer the telephone and welcome you when you arrive at the ticket office for your trip. However, every now and again she can be seen crewing one of our boats so she can enjoy the fresh air ! Previously Carolyn worked 17 years for the Rank Group as a General Manager before packing a backpack and travelling and volunteering around the world for a year and a half, she then lived in Peru for a year before discovering Easdale and Seafari Adventures.
Skippers are ultimately responsible for your safety. The skipper team, led by Tony has a wealth of experience in RIBs. All skippers have worked with Seafari for many seasons. Tony gained his first powerboat certificate almost 40 years ago. He has extensively toured the Scottish West Coast with groups of schoolchildren. Find out more about George, Steve, Simon and John below. Iain (Tony and Jess’ son) is the youngest member of the team but spends most of his time with his own business, Specialised Marine Support, where his boats have been engaged in deploying and recovering the World’s Largest Tidal Turbine or supporting inter island cable laying.
Our occasional skippers are :
Pete Green, a retired fireman who was poached from Oban to help set up the water response unit for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue. He is currently a Swift Water Rescue Instructor.
Pete Hanger, an RYA Powerboat Instructor who travels the world as a safety officer/diver support on the Formula 1 Powerboat circuit. Pete Hanger is our engineer during boat builds.
Steve has been with Seafari Adventures since 2000. Originally from Sheffield, his early years were spent as a semi-professional footballer for Lincoln City, Sheffield United, Stoke City and Derby County. In the mid-90's he moved up to Scotland to pursue his hobby of diving - he has dived all over the west coast of Scotland. Whilst running a communications company in Inverness, Steve bumped into Tony and they were discussing Seafari. Tony said "if you get your certifications come and work for us" - he hasn't looked back since ! About working for Seafari, Steve says "This is not a job, who wouldn't want to take a fast RIB to the Corryvreckan every day ?!"
Having been in, on and around the water most of my life, with work and play, working with Seafari Adventures (Oban) is, for me, a perfect job.
As a youth I represented Great Britain internationally in canoe slalom and this is where I first discovered my love for the aquatic life. I still sea Kayak today and moved to Scotland in 1998. Here I joined an Outdoor Adventure company and qualified as a White Water Raft Guide, Canyon Guide and Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Technician. Whilst working in the outdoor industry, I approached Tony (owner of Seafari Adventures) to build a Quinquari Marine RIB for Coasteering adventures and Wildlife tours. I set this business up and ran it for two seasons before joining Seafari Adventures in late 2010.
I love the West Coast, it’s ever changing moods, wild mountainous landscapes, coupled with amazing wildlife, make it a truly special place. Sharing this passion with visitors to the area is what I enjoy most.
I am also the 2nd youngest skipper !
Skipper George joined the Seafari team in 2001. Prior to working for us George was a chemistry teacher for 23 years before turning his hobbies of sailing and woodwork into a job of building wooden boats. The highlight of this time was helping to build the tall ship "Tenacious" for the Jubilee Sailing Trust, an organisation which takes both disabled and able bodied people out on sailing trips. George particularly enjoys heading to the Corryvreckan, whether it be on our Wildlife Tours or the Whirlpool Specials - he has probably spent more time in the Gulf of Corryvreckan than anyone else this century !
Skipper John joined Seafari in 2010, he has worked with boats his entire life, originally from Glasgow he moved up to the Easdale area many years ago. He previously worked on rescue boats on the Clyde in the Marine Unit Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. Loving wildlife and being out on the water, John enjoys showing our passengers the beauty of this area.
Our Wildlife Guides/Crew
Hi, I'm Sarah, one of the Seafari Adventures crew members of 2017. I'll be seeing you out on the boats and in the ticket office.
I grew up in Devon where my love of the outdoors began, and went on to study Ecology and Conservation at Sussex. In 2015 I moved to Scotland and worked for the National Trust for Scotland at Glencoe, then as a seasonal ranger for Aigas Field Centre, Beauly. This wild landscape has become home, and seeing incredible wildlife on a regular basis makes me feel very lucky to be part of the Seafari team.
In my spare time I enjoy climbing, hiking and swimming, and this year I hope to become a pro at sea kayaking.
I’m looking forward to a season full of wildlife, fun and adventure – come and share it with us!
Hi, I'm Claire, and I'm joining Seafari Adventures as a crew member for 2017!
My love of the sea and marine wildlife started when I first learnt to scuba dive and I spent a few years working as a scuba instructor in Egypt.
I am an outdoor enthusiast and on my days off I can usually be found sea kayaking, munro bagging, trail running, cycling or wild swimming. I even hope to swim the Corryvreckan before the end of the season!
I'm looking forward to a busy season and all the opportunities to see the amazing wildlife of the region. Hope to see you on a trip!
Hi, I’m Tom and I’m the latest addition to the Seafari crew!
Having just completed my degree in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford, this is my first venture into the world of work (if you can call a job that’s so much fun ‘work’)!
Wildlife has been a real passion of mine from an early age and in breaks between my studies I have spent time exploring and volunteering with some of the best that the world has to offer in places such as Madagascar, Iceland and South Africa. But I’ve had a strong passion to get back to what got me hooked on wildlife in the first place, the marine world. Seafari allows me to do this whilst learning new skills and gaining invaluable experience in a stunning location with a captivating history and equally stunning wildlife.
I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the water and sharing my enthusiasm with you in this beautiful part of the world.
Our Kit Trailer
You will be greeted by one of our crew or Front of House staff. Particularly in the summer season our Front of House team will ensure you are well equipped prior to departure. They offer to look after your dog, will provide information on what has recently been seen, other tourism advice on what to see and do in the area, check you are wearing enough clothes for your trip, ensure your lifejacket is correctly fitted and, most importantly, that you step aboard the correct boat for your tour.
The team is overseen by Jess but will include crew on a day off the water, a spare hand from the ticket office (they like to escape for some fresh air) or local students who seek a summer job. In 2017 we are looking forward to welcoming back Orla who joins us for her 4th season and Emma will join us for her 3rd season - both will work as part of the Front of House / Ticket Office team.