Captain Harold is the President and Owner of BC Whale Tours, Victoria's Premium Marine Tour Company.
His love for the ocean, the outdoors and Vancouver Island's wildlife started at a very early age. This was evident when he wanted to explore the island's coast and so he built his first dingy when he was 12.
His enthusiasm for exploring the west coast waters and learning about marine animals continued to grow. At 19 he designed and built a 40 foot sail boat called the 'Lil Dreamer', where he sailed the beautiful waters of British Columbia. To this day, Captain Harold is known for his excellence in seeing a vision and executing it to the point of completion making him a natural leader on and off the water.
His thirst for learning about the waters around him and engineering continued and he completed his marine power engineer and master's captain's qualifications rounding out his skillset for pursing his career in the marine industry business. His background and desire for marine wildlife and sharing it with others lead him to creating his first whale watching company, in 1996, Eagle Wing Adventures.
Captain Harold is famous for his incredible boat designs, which is evident through client testimonials expressed personally and through social media. Folks are "wowed" by the comfort, speed and quietness of their ride on all vessels, which makes this the icing on the cake for a whale watching adventure. He has also been given the nickname of "Whale Whisperer" as punned by Ceaser Milan, the "Dog Whisperer", a guest that enjoyed a marine adventure with BC Whale Tours.
The success of BC Whale Tours would not be possible without his amazing team of guest service agents, captains, naturalists and international marine biologists who make each passenger's experience an unforgettable one. The "crew" simply love what BC Whale Tours has to offer including conservation for the whales, the best boat ride imaginable and imparting their wealth of knowledge to others.
Captain Harold is passionate about this company and plans to continue to do what he does best, like establishing Victoria's first whale guarantee program and improving it to give customers the ultimate satisfaction. Including expansion of the tours, such as 360 Vancouver Island, Bear and Winery Tours and improvements of service based on customer feedback. His goal for BC Whale Tours is to ensure his guests experience that ever so special trip of a lifetime.
An internationally qualified and experienced Marine Biologist, Tom has worked throughout Australia and Vancouver Island with various research and environmental conservation groups. Most recently, he has been working on the Great Barrier Reef via Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, educating and inspiring visitors about the beauty and complexity of the reef systems. When he isn't in Victoria educating people about the beauty of the West Coast, Tom can be found leading marine mammals expeditions around the world with Big Fish Expeditions
As a Dive Master, he has great first hand experience and knowledge of marine ecosystems through his countless interactions with the marine wildlife in their natural environment. His passion for the conservation of the marine world is both engaging and contagious as he inspires all of those on board.
Jim is an internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist in orca behaviour and conservation. He has been driving zodiacs for 18 years and loves the diverse wildlife in the waters around Vancouver Island. Jim has a great personality to go along with his extensive knowledge of marine life.
When Jim isn't driving around the local waters of Vancouver Island, chances are he's exploring one of the most extreme places on Earth -- Antarctica. As an experienced captain, he also has the uncanny ability to locate whales. Jim makes every whale watching tour the excursion of a lifetime.
Former vice president of the Whale Watching Association Northwest, Rod has over 16 years of whale watching experience and extensive knowledge from local bird life to secluded inlets.
Rod is a Transport Canada approved 60 tonne Master Mariner. He is a founding member of the West Coast Anti-Whaling Society and is a certified marine mammal naturalist. Ask any question and you are sure to get a detailed and accurate reply.
With over 10 years of marine experience, Mike is a skipper, marine wildlife naturalist, eco-adventure-guide, dive instructor, and musician. He has worked around the world, travelling as far as Australia and Antarctica. He played an integral role in an unprecedented research expedition, photographing and tagging whales in the waters of Antarctica. He loves being on the water and is happy to share his knowledge of marine life.
Gord grew up in Victoria and has been exploring the coastline of Vancouver Island since the early 1980s. He first explored the coast through sailing and was a sea cadet sailing instructor for many years. He then moved into the world of commercial diving and worked in the local waters of the West Coast, where he had countless first hand encounters with just about every kind of marine life Vancouver Island has to offer. Gordon moved to Vancouver and worked at many Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M) events as a nationally-known VJ and favourite local DJ. When Gordon and his family returned to Victoria, he was drawn back to the ocean and marine exploration, one of his greatest passions. He is now one of BC Whale Tours' Captains, where he constantly shares his passion and experience with everyone he encounters.
Russ has been a whale watching captain for the past 7 years. His experience and passion for the local wildlife is evident on all of his tours. Russ is also a coxswain for the local marine Search and Rescue for over the past 6 years. His devotion to helping people comes from his 11 years fire fighter and paramedic. You are sure to be in safe hands, whilst being entertained & informed of the local wildlife when Russ is your Captain.
Charlotte is an aspiring wildlife photographer, artist and animal enthusiast. Born and raised in Vancouver, she now resides in Victoria, finding inspiration from wild coastal wonders. Charlotte is about to graduate from Simon Fraser University with a BA degree in Visual Arts and English. Her passion for birds and marine life has reinforced a strong connection to conservation and interest in animal behaviour.
Claire is an aspiring Marine Toxicologist, currently pursuing a degree in Microbiology and Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. After graduating, she is considering a masters degree in killer whale toxicology.
While Claire is intensely passionate about the whales and the environment, she also loves photographing the wildlife she comes in contact with. She enjoys sharing her experiences with passengers and works to make sure everyone has the best trip possible - one to remember for a lifetime!
Charlotte was raised in the forested hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta. She attended post secondary in Calgary at Mount Royal University, achieving a four year Bachelor's Degree in Applied Ecotourism & Outdoor Leadership. She has lived, worked and explored the mountains of both Canmore and Fernie, and has decided to broaden her horizons and move to the coast. Charlotte is ecstatic to be living somewhere with such diverse ecology and biology and is proud to be utilizing her degree with BC Whale Tours.
Kaylie is an avid marine wildlife fan. She grew up on the north end of Vancouver Island spending countless hours on the water fishing and boating with her family and exploring the outdoors through hiking and camping. Kaylie currently is pursuing a Psychology degree at the University of Victoria with an end goal of a career in clinical Psychology.
Jade grew up just a short hop away from Victoria on beautiful Gabriola Island. Surrounded by water as a child, she always finds her way back to the ocean! She loves sharing her passion for the beautiful coast with others and that's what inspired her to work with BC Whale Tours. She is currently studying biology and statistics at the University of Victoria. She hopes to one day work as a pediatric physiotherapist.