Shark Attack Survivor & Shark Week Star
An elite Australian Navy diver who lost two limbs in a horrific shark attack that changed his life, Paul de Gelder now inspires others to overcome obstacles and champions shark conservation. He has been a long-time co-host on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. He has also been tapped to help promote The Meg, an action-horror film about a 95-foot prehistoric shark starring Jason Stratham. Triumphing over tragedy by relying on the mantra that he learned as a young paratrooper in the Australian Army, “Improvise…Adapt…Overcome,” Paul has enthralled and motivated audiences around the world. Read More >
Don't Fear the Fin
Embracing the Power of Change
Paul de Gelder and Ronda Rousey Swim with Ocean Predator
Paul’s presentation isn’t a shark attack story nor is it a military story. It’s a journey of discovery and triumph that can relate to us all. It encapsulates aspects of our private, professional, mental and emotional strength and well being to make you understand how much we are truly capable of. Paul takes his audience on an emotional rollercoaster of dizzying highs and tearful lows strengthening their resolve and reinforcing their belief in themselves that they can and should live their own impossible dreams. Read More >
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"We have already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on your keynote session – including the Audio Visual team that made it a priority to tell me that of the 6,000+ Keynotes he has seen over the years yours was by far the best one he had ever seen! So thanks again for sharing your story with our delegates. I know your story has made a personal impact in my life."
"I have organized dozens of these meetings and can sincerely say: you are our most memorable speaker to date. Not only did you connect with the audience but I firmly believe you changed how many of us think. People were quoting you for the remainder of the week. Again, thank you. It was a sincere pleasure meeting you, learning from you and know I will highly recommend you to others who are looking to 'change the game.'"
"We received so much positive feedback from your inspiring presentation and many stated that this was the best keynote speaker in the history of CSDA. Your mantra to improvise, adapt and overcome mesmerized the convention attendees and many recounted changes they planned to make to their lives as a result. Your incredible story against overwhelming odds will be long remembered as you motivated attendees both personally and professionally."
"I just wanted to say how thankful I am that I got see your story again yesterday. I was lucky enough to see you talk with the Santa Barbra County Jail inmates a two months ago, but seeing you again yesterday, Wow! You are an incredible human and the great things you are doing by sharing your remarkable story is incredible. I wish every person alive could meet you. Thank you for opening my eyes again! All of the command staff are still talking about your presentation."
"Paul was incredible. He had everyone so engaged. My attendees loved the fact they received his book and that he signed it for them. His talk was on Tuesday and they were still talking about it on Thursday."