Damon Ramsey

Qualifications, courses, licenses, awards, certifications.
(reverse chronological order)
the course, location, the year

- Seafarer's yearly medical, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2019-2021, (previously AMSA Medical certificate, 2006, renewed 2008, International 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019)

- IAATO, Antarctic guide test and certificate, 2019 (previously 2017).

- AECO, Arctic guide test and certificate, 2019.

- Firearm Course: focusing on Rifles, including safety and range shooting time, Durban, South Africa, December 2018.

- various Marlins Tickets

- Refreshed STCW-2010, Pattaya, Thailand, September 2018, (previously STCW 2010 (the updated STCW95), includes: Elementary First Aid, Fire Fighting and Survival, Personal Safety & Responsibility, Personal Survival Techniques, and Security Awareness, Thailand, August 2013)

- First Aid, Bangkok, Thailand, June 2018 (previously Senior First Aid Certificate; Blue Mountains, NSW, 1996, renewed 2000, Renewed 2003, Renewed 2005, Refreshed 2006, Renewed 2011, renewed with STCW ).

- Crowd Control/Management ticket, on board, Silver Discoverer, 2019-2024, (previously on board Caledonia Sky, 2014).

• Coxswain's (boat driving) Ticket, MSQ, Cairns, June 2008

• Marine Radio Course, Cairns TAFE, May 2008

• Coxswain's Course, Cairns TAFE, May 2008

• Blue Card issued 2005, re-issued 2007, re-issued 2009.

• Remote First Aid, Defibrillator and Advanced Resuscitation, First Response, Cairns, Qld, 2004, re-issued 2007.

• Recreational Ship Master's License, Queensland Transport, Cairns, Qld, 2004.

• National Ship Board Safety, Australian.

• Biological Science Degree (BSc. Zoology), James Cook University, Cairns and Townsville, Queensland, and Northern Territory University, Northern Territory. 1997 to 2002. Studies include Geology, Botany, Rainforest Plants, Marine Biology, Fish Biology, Savanna Ecology, Environmental Issues, Ecotourism, etc, and Majoring in Zoology.

• Nomination, Cairns Tourism Association's Tourism and Hospitality Award, 2001, Nominated as a guide with the Adventure Company.

• Snake Awareness/Handling Certificate, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service/James Cook University, Townsville, 2000. Snake identification, first aid and handling.

• Driver’s Commercial Authorization, Queensland, 1998.

• Light Rigid (Truck and Bus) Driver’s License, Current, from Qld, 1998.

• Trap and display licence, Blue Mountains National Park, 1996-7. National Parks and Wildlife Service.

• Advanced Certificate in ‘Outdoor Guiding’, Blue Mountains TAFE, NSW, 1995-1996. Studies include flora and fauna interpretation, Aboriginal studies, Outdoor leadership, Outdoor Survival, History.

• Certificate in ‘Tour Directing and Guiding’. Blue Mountains TAFE, NSW. 1996. Studies include various tourism, marketing and economic subjects.

• Advanced Diving Certificate, PADI, Cairns, Queensland, 1995.

• Openwater diving certificate, PADI, Cairns, Queensland, 1995.

• Open Water diving Certificate, NAUI, Fitzroy Island, Qld, 1990.

• School Certificate, Sydney Technical High School, (can't remember what year, it was so long ago...)

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.