Tony Lubner – Director
The owner of Ocean Blue Adventures and the Chairman of the ORCA Foundation. He has a great love for the sea and a passion for conservation. His hobbies include surfing, diving, and surf ski paddling.
Cell 082 880 2604
Jared makes sure that volunteers arrive safe and sound in Plettenberg Bay. He will assist you with all your travel, transfer and other logistical arrangements. Although more involved with the marketing aspects of the volunteer program, Jared as loads of experience in seabird conservation and rehabilitation. He is an avid diver and qualified marine guide. Jared received his National Colours in scouting and spent 13 months on sub-Antarctic Marion Island to collect data on seabirds for research purposes of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Laura Bakker – Volunteer Coordinator & Conservationist
Laura Bakker is our people-loving and enthusiastic volunteer coordinator, house manager and conservationist. She will make everybody feel right at home while looking after your comfort and coordinating your activities. With a BTech degree in Nature Conservation, Laura runs our conservation, environmental education and community outreach programs. She recently obtained her professional Marine Guide certification through the South African Boat Based Whale Watching Association (SABBWWA).
Danielle Conry – Marine Biologist
‘Dani’ is an aspiring marine mammalogist with a MSc degree in Zoology. She is experienced in boat-based cetacean research, as well as marine mammal strandings and dissections. Her passion for cetaceans developed while growing up on the West coast of South Africa and she has now been actively involved in marine mammal research as a volunteer, intern and student for over 10 years. Her masters research focused on the abundance and habitat use of the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin. Danielle has a category C small-boat skippers license, which allows her to lead dedicated boat-based surveys as part of a collaborative monitoring project aimed at further studying this endangered species. She is also certified as a Professional Marine Guide which enables her to guide whale & dolphin watching boat trips at Ocean Blue Adventures.
Frikkie van der Vyver – Marine Biologist
Frikkie is a experienced field biologist with a MSc degree in Ichthyology & Fisheries Science. He has worked on numerous fisheries research programs over the past 10 years, and spent over 5000 hours on fishing vessels to collect samples, monitor catches and record interactions between marine mammals and fishing operations. He is further familiar with pinniped research, having worked as seal biologist on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, where he spent 13 months collecting data on Antarctic fur seals, sub-Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals and killer whales. He has since worked on marine mammal stranding response and the local Cape fur seal population during short-term contracts at the Port Elizabeth Museum. Frikkie is currently appointed as agent of the PE Museum, to attend to strandings and perform necropsies in the Plettenberg Bay region. He also collaborates with the museum to collect behavioral data and diet samples at the local Cape fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula. Frikkie has a category C small-boat skippers license which allows him to lead dedicated boat-based surveys in the Robberg Marine Protected Area as part of collaborative research aiming to further monitor local seal population growth, seal pup survival, seal tag re-sights, seal entanglement, white shark presence and seal-shark interactions.
Cameron Michael Reeder – Programme Assistant
Teliswa Fuyani – House Executive
‘ Tilly’ is our experienced housekeeping executive, affectionately known as ‘Mom’, and keeps your home away from home easy to live in, including doing laundry and cooking delicious, healthy meals.
Charlie Lilford – Manager, Ocean Blue Adventures
Charlie has been living in Plettenberg Bay for many years and is one of the best fishermen around. Charlie has a wide knowledge of the sea and surrounding areas. He is now in the Guinness World Records for tag and release of the iconic sport fish “leervis”. He has worked very hard on contributing to the conservation of this species. Charlie will liaise with you and our team regarding space allocation on Ocean Blue Adventures’ commercial whale and dolphin watching trips to record opportunistic data.
Cell 082 780 2984