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.
Since they kicked off mid-way through 2013 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. In 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.
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.
- To create opportunities for 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.
- Tour Operator Licence, to operate on public land.
- Insurance: 20 million public liability insurance.
- Bus Certificate of Registration, by Transport Safety Victoria.
Meet the guides:
Jeremy - Owner / operator
G’day, I’ve lived in Geelong all my life and have spent a great deal of it recreating in the outdoors and 20 years of working in the Outdoor Education Industry. 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. But most of all nothing beats the heightened awareness you feel summiting a peak, feeling the flow on a bike, solving an intricate crux sequence climbing, or dropping into the steep and deep on a powder day. I’m really excited to be able to share a little of what only nature can offer!
- Bachelor of Education, majoring in Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies, 2001.
- Remote Area First Aid.
- Senior First Aid.
- Climbing Instructor Qual. (SPG), by The Australian Climbing Instructors Association (ACIA).
- WWCC, Working With Children Card.
- Teacher Registration, Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).
- Heavey Vehicle Drivers License.
Shelley - Owner / operator
Shelley Wright has worked across sectors, developing outdoor adventure education programs for secondary and tertiary students and therapeutic programs for adults and adolescents suffering from mental illness. She currently works with disadvantaged young people, at Cottage by the Sea, in a program that supports their transition from primary to secondary school and beyond with a focus on building resilience and empowering young people to contribute at school and within their family and community.
Shelley first completed a Bachelor of Education (Outdoor & Environmental Studies and Health Education) and worked at Mount Eliza Secondary College. Her interest in mental health led her to explore the therapeutic benefits of nature and the role it can play in relationship development. This interest became the topic of her Masters research with a focus on adults with a long term disability caused by mental illness. She completed a Masters degree in Education, majoring in Experiential Learning and Development while working at Out Doors Inc. Shelley worked in psychosocial rehabilitation for 10 years, enjoying reporting back to clinicians that their clients had abseiled down a 200m cliff, bushwalked (self sufficiently) for 4 days or prepared a gourmet dinner for a group of 10!
Over the years Shelley served on the Victorian Outdoor Education Association and also the Out Doors Inc board of management. She is currently completing a Master of Counselling at Monash University.
Shelley enjoys many outdoor pursuits (bushwalking, skiing, mountain biking, surfing and rock climbing) particularly when shared with others. Put simply, she loves taking groups into the outdoors where they can be refreshed by nature and energized by others.
• Cert IV Training and Assessment
• Community Surf Life Saving Certificate
• Top Rope Guide – Rock climbing
• Remote Area First Aid
• Bus licence