Meet the DSA Team

The team at Dolphin Swim Australia is 100% committed to the health and safety of the dolphins that choose to swim with us. We are all passionate in what we do and can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Andrew Parker


Andrew is the CEO of Dolphin Swim Australia. He is also a qualified divemaster, marine mammal observer, rescue diver, facilitator and instructor who has extensive experience in wild dolphin and whale swims, as well as dolphin assisted therapy programs. Since 1996, Andrew has designed and run open-water swim programs with dolphins and whales in Australia, the USA (Bahamas) and Tonga.

As a father of four young boys, Andrew loves working with youth and currently resides as President of the Newcastle NSW Australia-based charity, RUSH Haven Inc. Andrew is an active member of ORRCA’s trained marine mammal rescue unit and highly recommends the organisation. Andrew is very proud to lead Dolphin Swim Australia’s team of professionals.

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Adam Wiltshire

Part Owner / Manager / Divemaster / Marine Mammal Ovserver / Environmental Scientist

During his time at university, Adam came on-board as a volunteer, helping with scientific research and video work. Adam then gained his professional PADI Divemaster qualification and started guiding customers in the water. After graduating from the local University of Newcastle with a degree in Environmental Science and Management, Adam became the full-time manager of Dolphin Swim Australia.

Adam has always had a passion for the ocean and the marine life within it, making his involvement with DSA a dream come true. As well as being PADI Divemaster certified, he is a qualified SSI Freediver and feels just as relaxed underwater as he does on land. Adam enjoys having a laugh with customers and can’t wait to meet you!

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Paige Hollenbeck

Part Owner / Biologist / Marine Mammal Observer / Divemaster

Paige graduated from Dickinson College in the United States with a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Biology and Geology, in May 2012. She is originally from Rockville, Maryland, and is now based in Australia. Driven by her love for the ocean, she developed a passion for the study of Marine Science. During her education, she studied abroad in Australia at the University of Queensland where she concentrated her work and courses on Australian marine life and the geology of the Great Barrier Reef.

Upon returning to the USA, she focused her senior research on developing a methodology to quantify palaeoseasonality in the Isthmus of Panama using extant bryozoans. Currently, she is striving to gain experience in fields related to her passions and is extremely excited to join the Dolphin Swim Australia team.

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David Scott & Lesley Dutton

David: Divemaster / Marine Mammal Observer / Product Developer

Lesley: Swim Assistant / Marketing Manager

David (“Dr Dave”) and Lesley joined DSA as guests on its inaugural wild dolphin swim tour in February 2010 – and enjoyed the experience so much they never left! Being lovers of the earth and all its creatures, they have a particular affinity with the ocean and are keen scuba divers. They have swum with humpback whales in Tonga, taken guests swimming with whale sharks when they worked for a dive resort in Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia, and dived all over the world with sharks, manta/eagle rays, sea snakes, turtles, barracuda and lots of other cool critters!

David works on the tours for DSA as a Marine Mammal Observer and Divemaster. Off the boat, he assists with safety and training procedures, as well as overseeing dolphin research for the company. Lesley works on the tours for DSA as a Swim Assistant and has also been the company’s Marketing Manager since 2015. Together, they have published “A Book About Dolphins”, containing interesting and up-to-date information from the latest dolphin research. They are also both trained in marine mammal rescue and are members of ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia), OCCI (Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives) and the MPA (Marine Parks Association).

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Carl Thompson


Carl came on board as a customer in February 2010. He was inspired by his dolphin swim experience and wanted to share it with others. Carl combined his passions and also became involved in the photography, videography and assisting in the research of the dolphin interactions. Soon after, Carl embarked on the path of becoming a divemaster, which he achieved in February 2012. It has been an amazing and life-changing experience and he loves sharing this experience with others!

Joel Litchfield

Snorkel Instructor / Divemaster

Joel has recently completed his divemaster course - a huge accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud! He is a dedicated water man. On the vessel, he is always smiling and willing to jump in and help wherever and whenever needed. Joel is great at spotting dolphins and absolutely loves his job!

Liz Blenkinsop

Swim Assistant / Snorkel Instructor / Marine Scientist

Liz is a keen bushwalker, ocean lover and dolphin enthusiast. Born in the Port Stephens region, she has always been a water-baby. Channelling a lifelong passion into a career, Liz has recently graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Science undertaking studies in Marine Science and Sustainability. Liz started working as a swim assistant with Dolphin Swim Australia and is also a qualified snorkel instructor. When on the boat, Liz is always happy, always smiling and always making sure everyone is having fun!

Sian Demers

Divemaster / Snorkel Instructor / Swim Assistant

Sian is totally addicted to energy, she works with it every day! Sian is an electrician, Reiki master, yoga instructor, aromatherapist and Divemaster with Dolphin Swim Australia. Sian loves helping people interact with wild and free dolphins, it brings absolute magic and joy to her heart. Sian is super friendly, and enjoys chatting to customers aboard the boat.

Matty Maccabe

Snorkel Instructor / Swim Assistant

Australian Age and Open National Swimmer, NSW medallist- Matt has competed in many swimming competitions. He has been trained and mentored by Australian and NSW head coaches and has worked with leading sport scientists. Matty is an extremely enthusiastic and passionate member of the Dolphin Swim Australia team. Matty is a people lover and Dolphin lover and loves helping people have their experience. Matty is DSA’s “hype man” and loves to make a bit of noise on the boat!

Jake Dylan

Snorkel Instructor / Swim Assistant / Marine Mammal Observer

Meet Jake: Half goat, half snake, Jake is DSA’s resident muso. He enjoys big smiles and has vowed to make 2018 the ‘year of good times’ which includes spending all his pay on travelling to undiscovered wonderlands. Jake grew up around the ocean with a love for all animals and feels at home when he is around dolphins. Be sure to ask Jake how to pull a goat face or a sneaky gibbon. Jake often plays his awesome new EP “Indian Rosewood” on our tours, and you can also listen to it on iTunes and grab yourself a copy – great music!

Michael Ramsey

Snorkel Instructor / Swim Assistant

Ramsey is part of our swim team, he is an open advanced scuba driver and a full time personal trainer by trade. Engaging with the ocean is simply just a part of his life, so to be able to work within it and with the most beautiful animals in the world is just a dream. Dolphins are unique like us every swim is different and exciting, its addictive and thats why i love swimming with dolphins. As a proud supporter of the Sea Shepherd movement, we at are showing off the beauty of oceanic animals without harming or harassing them and that is why I am with DSA.

Jeannie Lawson

Swim Assistant

Jeannie Lawson has worked in the field of marine mammal research, training and education since 1982. She established the first branch of ORRCA on the NSW Central Coast and facilitated the training of NPWS rangers in marine mammal rescue. In 1999 she established the whale and dolphin headland talks for Councils from Gosford to Forster, still on-going. She works on whale-watching cruises, takes groups to Tonga to swim with Humpback Whales and has her own eco-tour business – Harmony Visions.

Educating the community about marine life is Jeannie’s passion. She is the founder of the volunteer marine conservation/education group Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives, the co-founder of the Whale Dreamers Festival held on the NSW Central Coast annually since 2005, and is currently the secretary of the Marine Parks Association.


Swim Assistant

Shanti’s passion for dolphins began early and was fully ignited on a dolphin swim and healing expedition in Port Stephens with Dr Olivia De Bergerac in the 1990s.  She has worked as a vet nurse, completed an animal communication course, become a qualified energetic healer, managed an animal healing clinic and been working closely with animals ever since. She is particularly interested in the mythology surrounding dolphins and the therapeutic affects on our energy, health and wellbeing. Shanti is a proud supporter of many animal-based charities and resonates with the spirit of the dolphin being peace, harmony, balance, intuition, inner power, protection, co-operation, connection, playfulness and joy.

As a Swim Assistant she is eager to support you on your wild dolphin adventure, sharing the alluring and magical feeling of interacting with these amazing creatures in their wild and natural environment... Dolphin Swim Australia - it doesn’t get any better than this….

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