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Paul  de Gelder

Paul de Gelder

ARMY AIRBORNE – NAVY BOMB DISPOSAL DIVER – SHARK ATTACK SURVIVOR – TV HOST – ACTOR – AUTHOR – SPEAKER

In-Person Fee Range:
$15,001 - $20,000
Traveling from:
California
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Paul de Gelder

ARMY AIRBORNE – NAVY BOMB DISPOSAL DIVER – SHARK ATTACK SURVIVOR – TV HOST – ACTOR – AUTHOR – SPEAKER

In-Person Fee Range:
$15,001 - $20,000
Traveling from:
California

Why Book

  • Paul speaks candidly and humorously about overcoming adversity, embracing change and turning fears into your greatest strengths to create an amazing life personally and professionally.
  • His inspiring story as detailed in his autobiography “Uncaged” takes the saying “never say die” to a whole new level. He draws lessons from his military background, highlighting the importance of discipline, teamwork, and adaptability in high-risk environments.

Biography

IMPROVISE… ADAPT… OVERCOME…

These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them.

Paul de Gelder chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his whirlwind lifestyle working in the music industry & in strip clubs as a bouncer, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of the Australian Defence Forces as an Army paratrooper and then a Navy bomb disposal diver.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a 9ft bull shark in February 2009 while diving for the Navy. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil diver was flung into jeopardy.

Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge whilst amazing the medical staff and the Australian public with his will to succeed. His inspiring story as detailed in his autobiography “No Time for Fear” takes the saying “never say die” to a whole new level.

In the years since the shark attack, Paul’s life has changed in every aspect.

Having left full time Navy Service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further three and a half years, Paul has travelled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids. He has spoken at venues across the globe, from the United Nations in New York and the US Navy in San Diego to Military celebrations in front of thousands and keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia and Asia.

Paul speaks candidly and humorously about overcoming adversity, embracing change and turning fears into your greatest strengths to create an amazing life personally and professionally.

He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show and many in the U.S. He starred as a guest trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia, and has hosted 12 documentaries for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Where he learnt to hand feed Bull Sharks, Hammerheads, Blue Sharks, dive with tiger sharks and even Great Whites without the protection of a cage.

Mega star Will Smith Featured Paul in his Facebook series “Bucket List” as his shark diving mentor and UFC hall of famer and now WWE start Ronda Rousey was taught how to hand feed bull sharks by Paul for a Shark Week special.

Paul also became part of an anti-poaching team in Africa to hunt poachers and film the amazing work done by the Rangers there for “FEARLESS”, aired on NatGeo.

Paul has been touted as one of the top 15 inspirational Australians and top 10 speakers and now based in Los Angeles he is preparing to film yet more documentaries and even completed an acting role for a 6 part mini series on Australia’s largest cable network.

An incredible life and an incredible story.

Paul is available for speaking opportunities throughout the world.

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Programs

Never Say Die: Turning Pain into Power

Paul de Gelder shares his powerful story of resilience, emphasizing its critical role in personal and professional growth. Through his experiences, including overcoming a life-threatening shark attack, Paul demonstrates how embracing uncomfortable change can catalyze growth. He draws lessons from his military background, highlighting the importance of discipline, teamwork, and adaptability in high-risk environments. Paul provides insights into recovery’s psychological and physical challenges, offering strategies for developing a resilient mindset, including the power of positive thinking and self-belief.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Embrace change for growth.
  • Learn from adversity.
  • Apply discipline and teamwork.
  • Develop mental and physical resilience.
  • Cultivate positive thinking.
Courage Under Pressure: Leadership in High-Stakes Environments

From his diverse background, Paul de Gelder offers valuable leadership insights from extraordinary life experiences. He discusses how adventure and leadership intersect, sharing personal stories from his time as a military paratrooper and clearance diver. Paul emphasizes decision-making and problem-solving strategies in high-pressure environments, navigating change and uncertainty, and fostering effective teamwork through trust, communication, and mutual support. He underscores the role of courage in leading oneself and others through adversity, reinforcing key leadership principles that inspire courage and resilience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Master crisis decision-making.
  • Navigate change effectively.
  • Foster teamwork and trust.
  • Lead with courage and resilience.
  • Embrace adaptability.
Beyond the Surface: Discovering Purpose in Life and WorkBeyond the Surface: Discovering Purpose in Life and Work

Paul de Gelder guides audiences to discover their purpose and passion in life and work. He shares his journey of aligning personal and professional aspirations, emphasizing strategies for overcoming self-limiting beliefs and embracing personal growth. Drawing from his adventures as a Shark Week host, Paul highlights the importance of following one’s passion, taking risks, and stepping outside one’s comfort zone. He discusses crafting a fulfilling career path by aligning values with professional choices, continuous learning, and maintaining work-life balance for personal well-being and meaningful relationships.

Key Takeaways:

  • Overcome self-limiting beliefs.
  • Follow your passion.
  • Align values with career.
  • Pursue continuous learning.
  • Maintain work-life balance
Uncaged: Thriving Through Fear and Change

Paul de Gelder explores the transformative power of facing fears and embracing change. He shares personal experiences with fear and change, highlighting their significance in personal growth. Paul offers strategies for managing fear and embracing calculated risks, drawing from his military experiences and encounters with dangerous waters. He provides lessons in courage and resilience from surviving a shark attack, emphasizing the importance of mental fortitude. The presentation encourages audiences to view change as an opportunity for growth, adapt to new circumstances, and step outside their comfort zones to unlock their full potential.

Key Takeaways:

  • Manage and confront fear.
  • Embrace calculated risks.
  • Learn courage and resilience.
  • Adapt to change.
  • Step outside your comfort zone.

Paul de Gelder Reviews

“Paul de Gelder has an incredible story to tell. It is a story of overwhelming odds, brilliantly overcome through hard work, gutsy determination, and a great sense of humor. I knew in an instant that I needed Paul to tell his story to the Divers of the United States Navy. His effortless charm and engaging manner reels you in for the most motivating ride of your life. A man is not defined by what happens to him, he is defined by how he handles it. That makes Paul a most remarkable man!”

— United States Navy, Supervisor of Diving

Your speech was inspirational and motivating and I believe contributed to the record number of attendees. Your story is inspirational and it is a reminder to al that nothing is insurmountable; congratulations on your achievements to date, I’m sure you’ll continue to achieve success.

— Managing Director, Brilliant Logic Pty Ltd

“His strength and will, only just out shine his humour and light heartedness, qualities that undoubtedly carried him through his darkest times. The impact and lasting impression he has made upon my groups and me personally is remarkable and I am blessed to call him friend.”

— Customer Co-ordinator, Freshstart Australia

“From the moment I met Paul in his hospital bed, I knew I was privileged. Horrendously mauled and recovering from such drastic surgery… I was overwhelmed by his aura, his positive outlook and his will to live. In eight years of reporting for 60 Minutes, Paul, without question is one of the most inspirational human beings I have met! Everyone, whoever they are, can learn so much from Paul… I know I have.”

— Reporter, 60 Minutes

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