Meet your Facilitator

Jon SymmondsJon has travelled extensively to over 52 countries across 6 continents.
His travel has ranged from luxury, business, and back-packing to independent ocean crossings, multi-day wilderness hikes, desert crossings and long distance driving in Africa, the Middle East, America and Europe.

Professionally Jon has had a multi-faceted career. For 20 years he worked for Multi Nationals as a senior exec which necessitated much international travel. Following a two year sabbatical on a yacht sailing the Caribbean with his family, Jon moved to Noosa where he was initially a consultant/mentor to local businesses.

He then co-founded the Outdoor Education Consultants, creating an RTO specialising in Outdoor Recreation. His company also ran school adventure camps and provided risk mitigation consulting to organisations who were involved in high risk (typically outdoor) activities to help ensure they were fulfilling their Duty of Care obligations.

During this time Jon joined the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard. As a qualified Trainer and Assessor he became their First Aid trainer. Jon is now an Open Coxswain (skipper) and is the only Member of the Noosa Flotilla qualified to assess potential Open Coxswains.

Following his passion, Jon formed ‘Know What To Do’.  Primarily this company provides first aid training to all levels and consulting in WHS. It also provides both land and sea based search and rescue training.

Jon trains emergency response teams, local Councils, sports clubs and various professional bodies and has been doing this for over 5 years now.

The ‘Safe International Travel‘ project combines Jon’s skills, passions and expertise. As a first responder, Jon is involved in Search and Rescue. Whilst unforeseen incidents and accidents do happen, sadly the vast majority of incidents could have been avoided with good preparation, planning and processes.

My objective is to ensure that you get the most out of your International travel experience by avoiding the common mistakes that can derail a trip and, if the unexpected does happen, you have the knowledge so that ……you Know What To Do.