"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."
Seb is an accomplished sailor, engineer and expedition guide with 18 years’ military experience in the Royal Navy. After re-inventing himself from helicopter engineer to polar historian, he now works aboard luxury ships and mega-yachts engaging, inspiring and activating people to connect with nature and the great outdoors. His multi-disciplinary background is known for creating unique heritage interpretation experiences, with his love for storytelling keeping those whiling to listen in awe. Seb has also worked as a photographer, TV talent, remote areas medic, polar bear guard, mountain guide and expedition leader — taking care of people and the environment with the utmost diligence.
In 2013, Seb joined the Shackleton Epic Expedition, the most audacious and faithful re-enactment of the celebrated 830-mile boat journey undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton aboard the James Caird lifeboat from Elephant Island to South Georgia. With unparalleled knowledge and experience of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, The Northwest Passage, Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, the Arabian Peninsula, Patagonia, Europe, and the South Pacific (spanning from Rapanui to Australia), he is an incredibly well-travelled adventurer.
Seb is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Certified Polar Guide, Member of the Explorers Club, a joint recipient of the Royal Institute of Navigation Certificate of Achievement and a joint Royal Yachting Association / Union Internationale Motonautique powerboat world record holder.
When Seb is not employed onboard expedition ships, he spends time at home in Worcestershire, England, researching historical subjects or developing plans for private and academic expeditions.
Affiliations & Awards
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's leading learned society for the advancement of geographical sciences founded in 1830. Today, it is the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning. The Society has over 16,500 members and its work reaches millions of people each year.
Member of the Explorers Club (Former GB Chapter Chair, 2014-16)
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
Joint recipient of the Royal Institute of Navigation Certificate of Achievement (2013)
The Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) is a learned society with charitable status, aimed at furthering the development of navigation on land and sea, in the air and in space.
Member of the James Caird Society
The James Caird Society, established in 199, is the only institution that exists to preserve the memory, honour the remarkable feats of discovery in the Antarctic and commend the outstanding qualities of leadership associated with the name of Sir Ernest Shackleton, KCVO (l874-l922), especially during the ill-fated but glorious Endurance expedition.
Certified IAATO Field Staff
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) was founded in 1991, the primary goal of the association is to "advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic"
Royal Yachting Association and Union Internationale Motonautique World Record
On Monday 16th June 2014, VSV Maryslim completed a 53 hour, 29 minute, 52 second powerboat return-trip from Portland Bill to the remote island of Rockall (located 162 nautical miles due west of St. Kilda, Scotland).
Brand Ambassador for The Shackleton Company
The Shackleton Company's business and products are built on the powerful shoulders of Sir Ernest Shackleton, with the invaluable support and involvement of the Shackleton family, notably his granddaughter The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton.
Member of The South Georgia Association
The SGA was formed to give voice to those who care for South Georgia. South Georgia is a remote mountainous island of exceptional natural beauty in the Southern Atlantic.
Certified Polar Tourism Guide & Assessor
The PTGA is a US federally recognized 501-c6 non-profit Professional Industry Association servicing the standards and competency needs of polar tourism operators, field staff and guides across all platforms of polar tourism for the benefit of all stakeholders and the environments we represent.
"One of the world's bravest adventurers"
~ Discovery Channel