Born and raised in Canada, Kurt is also a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), West Indies. He has resided in several countries around the world, including SVG, Sweden and South Korea. He has been a resident of Aotearoa New Zealand for the past 7 years. 

Kurt holds international certifications and instructor ratings in SCUBA, Freediving, CPR/First Aid and Swimming/Water Safety.  Kurt is a certified and experienced sailing skipper, and has a background in marine environmental protection and marine parks management.  

Kurt also has experience in the fields of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), curriculum design, Tertiary Teaching and Learning (TERTL), project innovation and development, and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).  

Kurt is the founder and director of The Global Swim Project, encouraging, supporting and advocating for greater Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I) in aquatics and water safety.  He is also currently a student at the University of Waikato working on his PhD thesis investigating aquatics and water safety from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Academic Degrees and Certificates:
University of Guelph, Canada – BSc, Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Biological Science (major), Psychology (minor) – 1996
University of Waikato, New Zealand – PGCertTTL, Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning – (2022)
University of Waikato, New Zealand – PhD Candidate, Sociology (2023 – present)

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