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Hazel Pittwood

Waterproof Guide

Hazel is from Dorset, a county in the South of England famous for its beautiful Jurassic coast. She still calls this area home when on land, but is more often at sea! After spending her childhood searching for creatures in rockpools and collecting shells, Hazel has always been drawn to the ocean, so having a career as a wildlife guide is a dream come true. She dedicates her life to seeking unforgettable encounters with whales and dolphins and hopes to share some incredible experiences with you on your trip!

A passion for whales & dolphins

She has been working as a guide since 2017 which has taken her to a variety of locations worldwide. Highlights have included interacting with the friendly gray whales of San Ignacio lagoon in Baja California (Mexico), spending four months working as a guide with the semi-resident bottlenose dolphin population of Cardigan Bay in Wales and watching a gathering of over twenty humpback whales breaching repeatedly during a storm in Alaska. Since 2021 she has mainly worked onboard expedition vessels with itineraries in Svalbard, Greenland, Antarctica, South Georgia, Macquarie (Australia) and the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands. She has experience both as a guide and more recently as an assistant expedition leader, with a particular love for lecturing and zodiac cruising. Prior to working as a guide, Hazel worked and volunteered for whale and dolphin conservation charities surveying cetaceans and seabirds. As a result, she is passionate about citizen science as a powerful means of contributing to data collection and conservation. She also cares deeply about responsible, educational tourism and is a World Cetacean Alliance certified guide. 

Hazel's Expeditions