Qualifications & Experience

A zoologist by training Nic obtained his BSc from the University of Nottingham. Following his leading a six month expedition to West Africa, a year in the planning and for which Nic received Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society, he returned to complete a PhD at the University of Surrey whilst seconded to a medical research institute in West Sussex. It was here where Nic conducted research into the nature of virus associated heart disease in man. Moving into the commercial world in 1980 Nic developed wide experience as a commercial director working in Germany, the US and in the UK, predominantly in the healthcare field; latterly as a research director in the IT and communications market intelligence field and as managing director of his own Internet based corporate events and business information research company. Throughout Nic's business career he maintained his lifelong involvement in marine environmental and sustainability issues through his writing and presentations.

In support of Nic's detailed knowledge of the whales and dolphins and other marine wildlife that inhabit the coastal waters of Ireland he holds DCMNR/Ministry of Transport certificates in personal survival techniques and first aid at sea. He holds a category B endorsement to his license to operate in Irish waters with an advanced powerboat certificate issued by the Irish Sailing Association and Yacht Master Offshore qualification issued by the Royal Yachting Association. Nic qualified as an SAA SCUBA Dive Leader in 1978 and has conducted a number of whale and dolphin and other wildlife watching expeditions to remote parts of the globe including Africa, the USA, Australia and New Zealand during the past few years. This collective experience makes Slocum an ideal and entertaining host to conduct whale and dolphin watching tours along the Irish south coast for families, individuals and marine wildlife experts alike.

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