About GAS

They've just celebrated FIVE YEARS in business!!! The story of GAS started from a conversation around a campfire somewhere on an adventure in 2012 when Jeremy and family were on long service leave from his previous career in Outdoor Education teaching. They decided to embark on a different journey. They saw gaps in the adventure and tourism industries in Geelong and in the disability sector. There was a need for a service who offered a variety of activities with a focus on delivering high quality private experiences. 

The beginning: Mid-way through 2013 they kicked off, since then GAS has worked with a huge variety of organizations and people from all over the world. They have also partnered with several local businesses to deliver many interesting larger programs. After 3.5 years of developing a great brand with a solid reputation they decided it was time to take a much larger step.

2017 They began phase two of their business plan by entering the disability sector. In doing so they are the only disability support provider who specialises in using nature and adventure as a catalyst for change under the NDIS in Geelong. They also took over Geelongs #1 sightsee tour company More Than A Tour, whose specialty is the Great Ocean Road 12 Apostles Tour and there's many others.   

QIP Symbol2018 has been another big year with Shelley Graduating from her second Masters in Counselling they've added Adventure Based Counselling into the mix. They also were also accredited by QIP/Quality Innovation Performance against the Human Service Standards, they said:

Client and stakeholder feedback indicates that GAS is held in high esteem as a provider of adventure experiences, and provides a respectful tailored program.” - QIP

GAS aims to at all times maintain the upmost levels of service for our customers and strives to place itself at the forefront of operators within the adventure and tourism industries and the disability sector.

2018 HOF Logos Green bkg translations en US UKTheir equipment is among the best you'll see in the industry and their safety record is impeccable. All this ensure that you'll have a fantastic experience. To prove this they've just received another award; being Inducted into the "Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, for 5 consecutive years of delivering excellence". They would love for you to join them on an adventure.
 
Some of our guiding principles/objectives are:
  • To create opportunities for all people to get out into nature and have some fun.
  • To meet the needs of our clients.
  • To facilitate an environment of discovery and knowledge sharing.
  • To run an ethical and environmentally sustainable business.

 

GAS Licenses/Insurance/Registrations/Accreditation:

  • Tour Operator Licence, to operate on public land.
  • Insurance: 20 million public liability insurance. 
  • Bus Certificate of Registration, by Transport Safety Victoria.
  • Registered Disability Support Service, under the NDIS. 
  • Accredited Community Organisation, By QIP.
  • Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine Members. 

 

Meet the guides:

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Jeremy - Owner / Operator

G'day, I've lived in Geelong most of my life and have spent a great deal of it recreating in the outdoors and 20 years of working in the Outdoor Education Industry.

Before GAS: After graduating a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Outdoor Education. I had a fantastic 12 year career of teaching at the Christian College’s Senior Campus, in the Outdoor Education department. We ran all kinds of curriculum based programs throughout Victorian and we also ran programs further afield to remote indigenous communities in Central Australia and to several third world countries. As the program grew I took on coordination of the logistical side of the broader program. Notably we were recognised as developing one of the most successful VCE OE/OES programs in the region. 

I don't have a favourite outdoor activity, my interests are very seasonal and this makes me a bit of an all-rounder. I love nothing better than getting away with the family down the coast or to the mountains. I love how the outdoors is ever changing, how you can visit a familiar place and learn something totally new. Personally I need to get out into nature almost daily to maintain my mental and physical wellbeing. I really enjoy helping others to be enriched through outdoor experiences. My goal is to create opportunities for everyone to get to enjoy what only nature can provide.  

When I’m not off on adventures I volunteer for the SES/State Emergency Service. We respond day and night to road crashes, storm related events, among many others. I’ve done this for 4 years now and I really enjoy helping others who are in need and working alongside some of the finest people in our community.   

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education - Outdoor Education & Environmental Science
  • Remote Area First Aid
  • Rock climbing Instructor - SPG (ACIA)
  • Telemark Skiing Instructor (APSI)
  • Community Surf Life Saving Certificate
  • Teacher Registration, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Heavy Vehicle Drivers Licence

 

 

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Shelley - Owner / Operator

Shelley has a broad range of group facilitation skills. She developed outdoor adventure education programs for secondary and tertiary students and therapeutic programs for adults and adolescents experiencing mental illness.

Shelley always has a new and innovative side-line project on the go, currently she’s working a few days a week in a local secondary school with the wellbeing team to improve attendance. Prior to that she worked with disadvantaged young people at Children's Charity - Cottage by the Sea, in a program that supports transition from primary to secondary school and beyond with a focus on building resilience and self efficacy. 

Shelley completed a Bachelor of Education and worked at Mount Eliza Secondary College. Interest in mental health led to exploration of the therapeutic benefits of nature and the role adventure can play in relationship development. This interest became the topic of Masters research with a focus on adults with a long term disability caused by mental illness.

Shelley served on the Victorian Outdoor Education Association and also the Out Doors Inc board of management. Currently completing a Master of Counselling degree at Monash University. Instructor qualifications in rock climbing, canoeing and surfing.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education - Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies / Health Education
  • Master of Education - Experiential Learning & Development / Wilderness Therapy
  • Remote Area First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Rock climbing Instructor - TRG (ACIA)
  • Community Surf Life Saving Certificate
  • Teacher Registration, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Bus Licence
 
 
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Jess - Equine Specialist 
 

Jess likes adventures. Exploring nature by horse or by foot, travelling overseas, building bush huts, remote picnics... adventures are the best! As well as leading horse adventures for GAS, Jess works at a hospital to support patients, their families and hospital staff. Her hospital work includes wellbeing, mindfulness and grief programs.

Jess has worked in prisons, schools, community engagement, in the agriculture department and has been a board member and long time camper with Edmund Rice Camps Victoria. Jess loved volunteering with Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) when she lived in Western Australia for a year and Rainbow Riders in Victoria. While working in schools Jess developed and led horse programs for various age groups and abilities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (hons)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • Graduate Diploma of Rural Systems Management
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Riding Develops Abilities Coach Level O
  • Teacher Registration, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Bus Licence