Jon was born and raised in Durban, South Africa – surf mecca and shark hotspot. His education was not in a classroom. As a young man he was as a safety kayaker on the Zambezi River and worked for whitewater rafting companies in Victoria Falls. After 911, Jon had an illustrious military career with the Royal Marines, including multiple deployments into Afghanistan and as a training officer at the Commando Training Centre. As a civilian he has supported science and research trips onto the coral reefs around the British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Archipelago. In 2010, he founded Blue Ventures Belize marine conservation organization operating in Sarteneja and Bacalar Chico.