Growing up in a beach and water mad family, Jim started surfing at age seven and still loves it 40 years later. As an excellent swimmer and water polo player, achieving national honors, Jim wanted a career that kept him close to the ocean and in 1989 he joined the South African Navy. After qualifying as a Part 1 Clearance diver, he stayed with the navy a further three years, completing the Deep Dive, coxswain and Supervisor courses. During this time, Jim spent six months on-board the mine and torpedo recovery ship “The Fleur” where he gained experience in explosive ordinance detection and disposal.
Jim left the Navy in 1992 and became a Sport diving instructor and boat skipper. He moved up the coast to the warmer waters of Sodwana Bay and Mozambique where he honed his surf launching skills, ran a dive charter service and a number of water sports centres at Five Star Lodges. Whilst in the Bazaruto Archipelago he met a young hostess working on a yacht operating out of Cape Town and he was duly lured back to the Mother city.
Back in Cape Town working for the local Divestyle magazine, Jim’s flexible hours afforded him time to freelance in the film Industry as a marine specialist. While working on an underwater fashion shoot Jim met up with Jason and the Frog Squad was born, it was 2003.
Today, 14 years later Jim is one of the most experienced marine coordinators in the business having worked consistently in the film industry for over 17 years. His credits include Red Water, Lord of war, The Triangle, Strike Back, Mary & Martha, The Jungle Book, Roots, Hooten & the Lady, Black Sails and Deep Blue Sea, to name a few.