Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • View from our board meeting today. A seemingly strange place to discuss ocean conservation. #NYC #conservation #gypsylife #lovemyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> May 06, 2015
  • Don't drop in on me, bro. #sidewalksurfer #sandiego
    Jess Cramp >>> May 04, 2015
  • I have as much fun identifying these little memories as I do collecting them. Well...almost. #seashells #moderndaypostcards
    Jess Cramp >>> May 01, 2015
  • In honor of Earth Day, I am accepting the #shortshowerchallenge from @njiampa. The challenge is: 
1. For two weeks, you must take 3 minute showers (think: lather up, water off / rinse off, water on)
2. Challenge 5 others.
I challenge @sunnyangela @kirbymorejohn @summerann08 @shell_eisenberg @jojoroper @wavesforwater @jayhenry78 @kristenkalani *To accept, post a photo of yourself enjoying the water and challenge 5 more. #droughtbegone #doit #savewater
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 22, 2015
  • Someone's mailman is about to get excited. #sendmorepostcards #peaceoutaustralia
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 14, 2015
  • Morning commute in #australia.  I love the pace of life on little  aluminum boats. #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 11, 2015
  • Covered in nylon (pantyhose) and lycra, I took my chances with the jellyfish and went for a dive yesterday around the back side of Magnetic Island. I was desperate to get wet. The scenery reminded me so much of Monterey and the Big Sur, CA coastline with these giant rocks and beaches framed with evergreen trees. However, the water was hot and there was tropical coral reef below. It played continuous mind games with me because I found myself looking out for spiny lobsters in caves and waiting for white sharks to sneak up on me! Happy to have explored without getting stung by a box jelly or eaten by a saltwater croc! This place... #crickey #australia #freediving #jellyfish #crocodiles #sharks #ohmy
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 06, 2015
  • Water is my happy place.
    Jess Cramp >>> Apr 03, 2015
  • Tranquil, exotic, remote and shark infested.
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 25, 2015
  • It's hot.
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 22, 2015