Let our expert team of Marine Naturalists, Captains, Managers & Office Staff introduce you to the wonders of the Salish Sea! We have some of the most hands on, passionate and knowledgeable crew in the marine industry. From the friendly office staff ready to answer your questions and assist you, to the experienced and passionate Marine Naturalists & Captains, ready to pass on their knowledge and passion for the local marine environment. Guest comfort and a high level of customer service is paramount in all we do.
Our original owners Eric & Kathy retired in 2017. So Andrew decided to buy the company after working at
Five Star as a long term Manager since 2006. Andrew is determined to continue the legacy of responsible &
respectful Whale Watching that Five Star is well known for. With over 20 years’ experience in the Marine
Industry Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about the Marine Environment. Andrew is also
heavily involved in the Pacific Whale Watch Association. With a degree in Sports & Recreation Management &
Development, Andrew has a clear vision of what makes a successful & responsible ecological tour
company. His experience ranges from managing an award winning watersport center in England (where he
originates from and will explain his strange accent) to managing the entire operations of an Eco-Tour
company on Belize. Andrew has been part of the local Whale Watch industry since 2005. He also is a qualified
Coach/Instructor in several watersport including, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Rowing and Power Boating.
His boating experience spans over 2 decades and includes being a Captain of a 47 passenger vessel, driving
various types of power boats and a Royal Yachting Association Power Boat instructor and now one of our
Captains. Andrew enjoys various watersports but particularly Kayaking and enjoys getting out on the water
for a paddle whenever the opportunity arises. He is also a passionate wildlife photographer and many of the
images & video’s you will find on our social media sites and websites were taken by Andrew.
JimSales & Operations Manager
Jim has over 2 decades of experience in the local Whale Watching industry and is a former Executive Director
of the Pacific Whale Watch Association. He has a passion for the marine environment and plays a strong role
in our companies’ marine stewardship. Jim plays an active role in training our staff and educating the public
on responsible environment advocacy. His knowledge of the local area is unsurpassed and will amaze our
guests with little quirky facts that very few other people know. Apart from his experience in the Whale
Watching industry, Jim has also been a foster parent for several years with his wife and they have had a
positive influence on many young people over the years. This experience has also allowed him to be a mentor
to many of our staff over the years and his words of wisdom are always welcome. Jim is also well respected in
the local tourism industry. He is originally from Bermuda but has lived in Victoria with his family for many
years. He also enjoys getting out and enjoying nature in his spare time and often takes long hikes in the
forests or Hills around Victoria.
MelinaOffice Manager & Naturalist
Melina joined the Five Star family in 2016 and she has been an invaluable member of the team ever
since. Currently Melina is studying Biology at the University of Victoria but will be graduating very soon.
Melina mostly works in our office ensuring everything runs smoothly but does head out on the boat as a
Naturalist. Since joining the team Melina has provided valuable bookkeeping skills and social media skills
to great use and has been a real asset. She has also been heavily involved in teaching our other office
staff and has shown to be a natural teacher & leader. Melina is passionate about wildlife and nature and
that is where you will find her on her days off, enjoying the beauty of the natural environment. For the
past 2 years, Melina has also volunteered at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea passing on her love and
knowledge of our local ocean. She is also an experienced skier and ski instructor, she enjoys being
around water whether in its liquid form or frozen form Melina is a huge animal lover and if she see’s a
dog near our office has to go and pet it, she has even been known to dog sit for a few of our guests
whilst they were on one of our tours. Now that is dedication!
Trev has a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology and has been driving whale watching boats in Victoria for the last 20 years. Trev’s knowledge and passion for our oceans and local marine environment is unsurpassed. He is one of the most respected Captains in the Pacific Whale Watch Association fleet and is constantly helping & training our staff. Trev is passionate about the Marine Environment and is never happier than when on the water! Trev is originally from Saskatchewan but moved to BC when he studied Marine Biology at UBC. He is passionate about the Marine Life we encounter and is a strong believer in responsible & respectful Ecological Marine Tours. His goal every trip is to inspire our passengers to care and want to protect the marine life encountered during one of our tours. Trev is an avid traveller and has been to various countries around the world and enjoys discovering local cultures.
KaeganCaptain & Naturalist
Kaegan has been a strong part of the Five Star Team for almost 10 years. He started off as a Marine naturalist and has a wealth of knowledge about the local Marine Environment. Over the past few seasons Kaegan has also been one of our Captains for Salish Shadow. Kaegan is a local and so has an incredible insight into the local history of the area as well as for the Marine life encountered during the tours.
KatieCaptain & Naturalist
Katie has been at Five Star for almost 5 years now working as a Marine Naturalist. This fall Katie passed
her exams and is now a qualified 60 Ton Captain! Katie has a Marine Biology Degree and has a strong
passion for all Wildlife & Nature. Recently Katie has travelled to Africa, Hawaii (where she worked with
Humpback Whales) & Costa Rica to expand her knowledge and love of Nature. Katie loves passing on her
knowledge and passion for the marine environment to our guests and hope to inspire our passengers to
want to help save the marine environment. She is also an avid birder and can often be found bird
watching in her spare time or taking her dog Lucy for long walks in the countryside. Katie is also our
main photographer and many of the trip posts are Katies creation. In 2017 Katie made a very passionate
and professional video focusing on the issues facing the Southern Resident Orcas. The video went viral
and prompted hundreds of people to take action to save the Southern Resident Orcas. Katie is also one
of those rare people that was born and raised in Victoria!
Alexa - Office Staff & Naturalist
2020 will be Alexa’s third year as part of the Five Star team and has already shown to be an invaluable
addition. She has a degree in Biology at the University of Victoria and will be graduated in 2019.
During her first year at Five Star she proved to be a quick learner and real team player. She is always
pleasant to our guests and has an infectious smile. Alexa has been one of our Naturalists since
2018, but will be doing many more trips in 2020 because of how keen she was to learn and her
incredible enthusiasm. As with all our team, she shares a passion for the marine environment and
nature. Alexa also volunteers at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea and loves to pass on her passion for
the Marine Environment. Originally from Alberta, Alexa loves to line dance whenever the opportunity
arises and is even trying to teach Andrew to line dance…. The jury is still out on that one though 🙂
Jasspreet has been a member of the 5 star team for 3 years now working as a Marine Naturalist. As a
graduate from Dalhousie University, one of the top Marine Biology Universities in Canada, Jasspreet has
an incredible amount of knowledge about Marine life & the oceans. Jasspreet is originally from India
and her Butter Chicken is to die for She is an avid photographer and a qualified drone pilot. Jasspreet
has also had a number of Marine related articles published as she is a prolific writer. She creates many
of our blog posts on our website. Jasspreet is also passionate about the Marine Environment and
protecting the oceans and its inhabitants. She has been involved in several beach cleanups and other
projects aimed at Marine conservation. Whether you meet Jasspreet in our office or on our vessel, you
will be immediately captivated by her winning smile!
Jo-Anne moved to beautiful Victoria, BC in 2003 and joined the whale watching industry. She has a passion for the ocean and all of its inhabitants, whether viewing from a whale watching boat in the Pacific North West during the summer or scuba diving and sailing in the Caribbean through the winter. Jo-Anne holds a Master 60GT certification and is highly experience naturalist with Five Star Whale Watching. She also has a strong passion for photography and takes many stunning images during the Whale Watching tours.
Despite growing up in the prairies Michelle has been an avid lover of the sea since she
was little. Her love of the outdoors, traveling, and the ocean brought her to Victoria in
2014 to study Geography at the University of Victoria. Michelle was drawn to 5 Star
Whale Watching because of their conservation messages and dynamic team. When not in
the office Michelle can be seen hiking, camping, by the beach or taking pictures… 9/10
times with an ice cream cone in hand.
Sky Office Staff & Naturalist
Sky is originally from Williams Lake in the interior of BC and moved to Victoria in the fall of 2017.
He is currently finishing a Animal Biology degree Bc.S from Thompson Rivers University.
Outside of work Sky enjoys camping, taking care of assorted wildlife and playing rugby,
which he plays for the Castaway Wanderers here in Oak Bay.
RonThe Whale Guru
Our associate Ron has been studying the local whales and marine life for over 25 years and is a wealth of
knowledge. This experience and expertise is the back bone of the inspirational and educational tours
provided by Five Star Whale Watching. Although Ron has now retired, he used to teach the Marine
Naturalist course at the University of Victoria for many years. Ron has witnessed so much change in the
Salish Sea, some good some not so good. However, we were lucky enough to have him on our vessel for
many years imparting his knowledge to our passengers and crew. We will never forget the first time Ron
saw multiple Humpback Whales lunge feeding in the Salish Sea, something he doubted he would ever
see in his lifetime! Ron still is a huge influence on our staff, especially our young Marine Naturalists, who
love listening to his many tales