Shane’s background is Marine Biology, completing his honours degree in 2003. He attained scientific and commercial diving qualifications in 2001 but started diving as a wee laddie in 1996. His qualifications include BSAC First Class Diver and Advanced Instructor, along with technical and rebreather diving. He has worked in many different fields including fishery and environmental protection, aquariums, underwater and travel photography and shipwreck disaster response along with organising diving exhibitions. He also has a long list of boating qualifications including Commercial Skippers Licence. His experiences with basking sharks has driven him to enable others to share the breathtaking experience of seeing these gentle giants in the wild. He also spends a lot of time in New Zealand where he lived for a number of years. He has travelled extensively round the world including much of the South Pacific. You might like to visit his personal photography and diving adventure website at www.shanewasik.photoshelter.com.
Operations Manager and Star Baker
Nikki is our star baker and orignally created all the yummy things for our trips by her own fair hands (and KitchenAid). She has now passed the recipes down so everyone has a turn of making flapjacks! Nikki's background is in Occupational Therapy and has recently qualified as a yoga instructor. but she helps organise the office and manage bookings. She has been married to Shane since 2012 but has had to put up with his crazy dive trips and expeditions since 2006. So has plenty experience of keeping on top of Shane's ideas and organsing the chaos!
Cameron & Struan Smith
These local Oban lads have a vast experience of the Argyll coastline and have spent many years at sea travelling from St Kilda to Northern Ireland. They run their own boat business and have provided us quality boats to us for our short season since the beginning of Basking Shark Scotland. They have a full suite of marine qualifications including Yachtmaster, Costal Skipper and all safety and first aid. Looking quite alike you need to make sure you're talking to correct twin! Remember they don't allow bananas on their boats!
Head Guide / Photographer & Film-Maker
Luke is our Head Guide and been with us since 2014. Luke is a seasoned wildlife enthusiast with many years experience of guiding and skippering and is very popular with our guests. He has an Honours Degree in Applied Marine Biology and a Masters in Photography & Film Making. He is also an accomplished free-diver. You can check his own website for his images and videos here. Luke's other talents include making mojitos and spur of the moment snacks.
Operations Manager & Shark Guide
Inga is originally from Germany but has lived in Scotland for many years. She has a degree Marine Biology and a Masters is Marine Mammal Science. She is highly organised and keeps our operation running despite the boys best efforts! Ask her about being bitten on the bum by a Grey Seal!!
Kate started off as our Operations Manager in 2015, doing part time guiding and then moved onto full time guiding in 2016. She is hoping to begin training in veterinary nursing and has a previous life as a safety diver in helicopter underwater escape training tank. Her other interests include all things fluffy and also cushions.
This aquatic Hobbit is originally from the shire in New Zealand where she spent a lot of time working with marine surveys and marine reserves, along with spending time in Auckland city centre fountains during her student days. She is currently going through teacher training and guides with us during the summer. Passing equipment up the pier at low tide and home-made bagels is her speciality!