It always takes a bit to get back into the season groove. Exmouth WA is a small, rural town with few people (around 2,200) and fewer that stay the entire 12 months. It’s a mad dash over an eight-month period for business’ here, and I’m grateful that I have a partner, Murray who likes to be just as busy as me :0).
It’s why the blog has been a bit spotty lately – but we are back on track, yippy! I’ve been excited to blog about our next team member because she’s an incredible gal. Nat Yeates is our guide for the 2017 whale shark season.
Nat is arguably the best guide on the Ningaloo Reef and within the top 5 female freedivers in Australia. She’s been working the Exmouth Ningaloo Reef sessions since 2012 after hearing about it from none other than Kerry and Felis! You can learn a slice about Kerry from a previous blog – double thanks with whipped crème and sprinkles on top to Kerry for this one (Felis, you too!).
Nat has been with us since our humble start, and she’s a star with folks with varying swimming and snorkelling abilities. She loves teaching experienced people something new and newbies to feel comfortable. It’s why she gets so many fantastic mentions on reviews. Check out our Trip Advisor or Facebook to read all the love because the guests can say it far better than me. Here’s the short version – she cares.
What drives her to work in eco-tourism? I asked (typical me), and she had this to say, “The idea that perhaps more people will learn how important the ocean is and how we need to protect it. [I’m] trying to create the snowball effect of conversation with our guests.”
It was at this point in the conversation that she wanted to give a shout out to all her fellow guides in marine tourism. All the professional guides do care – they have exceptionally large hearts, and she would encourage you to do the following if you are ever in the hands of a guide –
1. Know to trust the crew – they know what they are doing and your tour day is not their first rodeo – they have you covered.
2. Put your fear and trepidation in their hands – talk to your guide at the start of the tour. Let them know what your swimming ability is (be honest) and any fears you have ahead of time – they are there to help you enjoy your time.
3. Relax – try to put into practice anything you have learned from them during the tour.
Check out The Adventure tab on our website – you’ll find all the tours you can book there.
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Murray, Sonia & Live Ningaloo Crew!
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Nat is currently building her own freediving business called, Ningaloo Coast Freedivers (Instagram). Her company deserves it’s separate blog post (stay tuned for that) but suffice it to say a two-day course (level 1) can get someone used to holding their breath for 30 seconds up to 3 minutes! Amazing.
Freediving done properly is safe.
When I asked her what advice, she would give travellers coming to the area, she said:
1. Look a bit further afield and see the land for what it is – there is so much beauty within that rugged desert exterior that is Exmouth, WA and the Ningaloo Reef.
2. If you have a thirst for adventure, you could keep yourself reasonably occupied in Exmouth for a couple of weeks, easy.
She’s originally from the ‘motherland’ (England) but has been in Australia for over a decade and as of last month, is an Australian citizen!