Kelvin has explored, dived and guided on every continent, every ocean and many seas.  His clients include expedition companies, scientific researchers and filmmakers.  He has worked on a variety of vessels – from sailing yachts and schooners to Ice Class 1A Super expedition ships.

Over-wintering with the British Antarctic Survey, he managed the UK's scientific diving programme throughout the extreme environment of the Antarctic winter.  Kelvin instigated and led exploratory diving expeditions to the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland and the Antarctic wildlife paradise of South Georgia.  He is currently planning diving trips to explore the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic and the Northwest Passage through Arctic Canada.  Kelvin has supervised over 1,400 polar dives in the Arctic and Antarctica, discovering and exploring new sites in both icy realms.  Through his company Silvertip, Kelvin proudly sponsors aspiring ocean champions with Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society, taking young explorers to dive some of the wildest places on the planet.

As Expedition Leader, Kelvin has led numerous logistically complex trips involving diving, mountaineering, kayaking, camping, hiking, photography, filmmaking, endurance racing and helicopter operations.

Whether hiking with reindeer, watching killer whales, lecturing on walrus or lounging with penguins, his enthusiasm for nature in all its forms is infectious.  Kelvin is a specialist in marine mammals including Polar bears.  Previously, Kelvin was Education Officer for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and has spent twenty years studying these animals.  He collaborates with Dr. Sylvia Earle’s SEAlliance Foundation to contribute images to the Ocean layer of Google Earth in a drive to secure Marine Protected Areas worldwide.

A former Survival & Marine Instructor with personal knowledge of extreme environments, plus extensive educational and outreach experience, Kelvin now acts as Special Consultant to Blue Abyss.  This project is creating the world’s largest and deepest research, training and development pool, with a particular interests in ocean research and possibly the ultimate adventure - human spaceflight and space exploration.

Kelvin has spoken and lectured about his experiences on countless occasions.

Kelvin lives in his native Scotland where he still enjoys incredible wildlife encounters.  He always maintains his greatest adventure began when he became a devoted Daddy Bear.


Photography courtesy of Dan Welldon.