About me

Life before Swoop

Growing up in Canada, my childhood was spent either in the water, on the water, or under the water.  Weekends were spent either sailing on the local lakes or skiing. Scuba diving rounded out my collection of the world’s most expensive hobbies. Some people say ‘anything worth doing is worth overdoing’ so I took these hobbies and turned them into opportunities to work and travel. I spent a decade teaching skiing in Ontario, the Canadian Rockies and Japan, teaching sailing on the Great Lakes, and running scuba courses and trips on the Great Barrier Reef and British Virgin Islands.

Family life has brought a new kind of ‘adventure’, but being in one place has allowed me to start three small businesses, including a restaurant and a niche fitness studio in Switzerland, which I now call home.

Penguin landscape

My polar experience

The classified ad simply read ‘Staff wanted for Expedition Cruising’. A few interviews and a flight to Ushuaia later, I found myself boarding a ship to Antarctica in November 1993. My first trip included the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula. By the time we returned to Ushuaia, I was changed forever.

Close-up encounters with whales and dolphins, standing among thousands of penguins on a volcanic beach, and scenery beyond description….there are simply no words that can do Antarctica justice. Not wanting the adventure to end, I continued through three Antarctic seasons, three ‘positioning’ cruises from Ushuaia to the Bahamas via the West Coast of South America, and two Arctic seasons (Greenland, the Northwest Passage, and the Russian High Arctic).


Day to day at Swoop

James Gordon Profile

Antarctica simply has to be seen to be believed! As a Polar Consultant, I am privileged to be able to spend my days helping clients plan their ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to the white continent. If you’ve got questions about any aspect of travelling to Antarctica, I would love to jump on a call anytime.

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?

With over 50 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.