As the daughter of an American diplomat, Merritt grew up bouncing across the world. She’s lived in areas of Thailand, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Switzerland, and is proud to be a third-culture adult (or whatever you call third-culture kids once they’ve grown up). Merritt attended ISB, NIST and RIS, and through all of her travels, she’s always considered Bangkok her home. When she was eight she talked her parents into letting her spend two weeks at a sleepaway summer camp in western Thailand. This experience helped shape the nature-loving person she is today. Now Merritt hopes to pay it forward by offering Bangkok kids a wild and fun outdoor adventure through Camp Sun Bear.
Jago moved to Thailand in 2007 where he taught at NIST International School for five years. Jago is originally from Amsterdam and is an avid cyclist, having biked on four continents. He enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, canoeing, and kayaking and is an all-around gifted outdoorsman. He’s also a tech nerd and loves gadgets, so campers can expect to see demonstrations of his cool heart-rate-monitoring watch, and long discussions of which apps are the best for navigation and fitness. If it gets boring, tell him you heard there is pizza in the dining room. The only thing he loves more than sports and tech is pizza.
Robin has been into outdoor sports for as long as he can remember. Luckily, his parents encouraged him to try any sport he showed an interest in, and from the unlikely setting of sleepy Norfolk UK, he developed a love of kayaking, surfing, hillwalking, climbing, caving, diving and biking. After graduating from university as a construction engineer, Robin moved to Southeast Asia where he combined his interest in outdoor sports with his knack for planning and systemizing by setting up dive schools and adventure sports facilities in Thailand and Sri Lanka. His outdoor-education projects in Thailand grew into The Wild Planet, which has now been offering safe, fun and exciting adventure programs for more than 20 years, with eco-lodges, adventures camps, and resorts spread across the country’s most beautiful terrain.
Dave Milne has been teaching scuba diving and outdoor adventure activity programs in Thailand since 1998. He is a PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor, a Scuba School International Master Instructor, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, a British Canoe Union Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach, and a Swift Water Rescue Technician. Dave is based in Bangkok where he lives with his wife Ai (also a qualified Scuba Instructor) and his son Joshua. When on holiday, he is a keen skier, and thinks that the only thing missing from Thailand is snowy peaks.
Toby Bell has been a keen water-sports enthusiast since childhood and enjoys kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, trekking, climbing and scuba diving. He traveled to Thailand in 2004 to complete his Scuba Instructor course and decided to settle permanently. Since 2009 he has worked with Wild Planet as Senior Instructor on expeditions and residential programs throughout Thailand.
Fion left Ireland to follow his passion for the outdoors, which led him to Thailand where he initially worked with the Wild Planet team in Koh Tao as a dedicated dive instructor before crossing over to Wild Planet’s broader range of outdoor programs. Fion is an all-around outdoor guide covering water, jungle, caves and parks. When not guiding a raft (he is both an International Rafting Federation Raft Guide and an Advanced Rescue 3 Guide) or heading up a mountain bike program, he can be found at his laptop using his IT skills to develop the Wild Planet’s google-based expedition mapping system.
Ned grew up in the scenic Nelson area of New Zealand where he and his four brothers were introduced to the outdoors at a young age. He attended Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) in the Central North Island gaining a diploma in outdoor education, in a rigorous program which covered not just hard skills in white-water kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, navigation but also skills in group management, risk assessment and team building. After getting itchy feet, he came to Thailand for some work experience with the Wild Planet and fell in love with the people and culture and decided to stay on with the Wild Planet family. Ned is an International Rafting Federation Raft Guide, New Zealand Mountain Guides Association Hard Ice Guide, Rescue 3 White-Water Rescue Technician, NZOIA Kayak Instructor, SSI Scuba Instructor, REACT RIGHT First Aid Instructor & Wilderness First Responder.
Num has worked with the Wild Planet for almost 20 years and has been instrumental in developing the routes on some of our more strenuous outdoor programs. He is particularly experienced in leading rafting trips, but in addition to his water-based expertise, Num is a skilled ropes facilitator. In the offseason, Num can be found on the Nam Wa River in northern Thailand running multi-day trips with his own guiding company Sabai Dee on Tour.