“Tougher than the rest? What I learned about resilience from expeditions.”
Kelvin shares his experiences and perspective on resilience gained from decades of exploration in extreme environments. He aims to challenge some notions that resilience is about being tough, when perhaps we should consider a different definition.
Kelvin is an underwater and polar explorer and expedition leader. His decades of hard-won knowledge have been earned through complex missions on every continent and every ocean. In 2019, he participated in the Five Deeps Expedition, which took a manned submersible to the deepest reaches of the five oceans. Recently, Kelvin was Expedition Leader for the deepest manned dives in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Philippine Trench, and the exploration of the world’s deepest known shipwreck, the fabled USS Johnston, which rests at 6,460 metres.
Formerly with the British Antarctic Survey, he managed the UK’s scientific diving programme throughout the extreme environment of the Antarctic winter. Kelvin has led exploratory diving expeditions throughout Svalbard, the world’s largest fjord system in East Greenland and the Subantarctic wildlife paradise of South Georgia, altogether supervising several thousand polar dives.
Kelvin manages high-end private expeditions worldwide and is also a Special Consultant to Blue Abyss, a project to develop a world-class commercial astronaut training centre and underwater exploration facility.