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The Full Story

My name is Jaimen Hudson, I am a born and bred Esperance local. My family started Esperance Diving Academy in 1983. I was born in 1990 so many of my earliest memories are of days out on the water while my folks taught people to dive. When I turned 10 it was my time to become one of those students. I fell in love with the underwater world! Spending my weekends diving with my mum taking photos or with my dad searching for specimen shells as he is a professional shell diver. I also loved skateboarding, surfing and motorbike riding. When I graduated high school at 17 I commenced full time work in the family business. This involved working out on the boat for Esperance Island Cruises & Esperance Diving & Fishing. My goal was to obtain enough sea time to get my Master Class 5 skippers ticket.

This would allow me to drive the vessels. 

Unfortunately on the 27th of July 2008 I had an motorcycle accident that rendered me a quadriplegic. All the dreams I had of driving the vessel, obtaining my commercial dive ticket went out the window. I had to rebuild my life completely, now without the use of my legs or hands. 

After 6 months in Perth hospital I wanted to get straight back into work. I needed to have a reason to get out of bed everyday. I commenced a roll in the office as opposed to out on the boat. Answering phones calls, booking people onto tours and into the accommodation. I credit working for allowing me to overcome the adversity I was faced with.

I fell even more in love with the business my family had built. Meeting new people everyday and taking them on tours to visit the surrounding islands was a dream job.

Fast forward to 2022 and my wife Jess and I now operate the business together. We have two young children that are being raised in a similar fashion to myself, always outdoors enjoying nature.

We started Esperance Coastal Tours in 2022 to offer an accessible 4x4 beach tour that could cater for all ages and abilities. We are so lucky to call Esperance home and want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy all it has to offer when they visit.

To view our other offerings please visit

Jaimen Hudson

Esperance Island Cruises

Esperance Diving & Fishing

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