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Gary spent 15 years working throughout SE Asia as a remote dive medic, hyperbaric tech, and a volunteer for the Foreign Commonwealth Office, as well as owning several diving-based businesses. Most of his life has been spent on or around the ocean.
Having become an Australian citizen, he worked with disadvantaged youth up in far north Queensland, training them to work within both the sea harvesting and marine tourism industries for just over 7 years. It was work he enjoyed this work immensely and got access to amazing communities as a result. Gary has worked with Queensland Ambulance as a trainer and assessor, conducted remote and wilderness training, first worked with StayAfloat as a Mental Health First Aid instructor and a volunteer Trusted Advocate.
In Gary’s words – “Having had a passion for helping people in some format most of my life, StayAfloat has been a great fit, combining all elements in one place: Ocean, mental health, resilience, training, and community, all at some of the world’s most amazing locations. I hope that my experience with the backing of StayAfloat can help others.’