Damien first came to Antarctica in 1979 with the British Antarctic Survey as a diving officer, as part of their inshore marine biological programme. During this time he experienced three Antarctic summers and two winters on bases at Signy Island, South Orkneys and at Grytviken, South Georgia. He was stranded on South Georgia during the Argentine occupation in the Falklands Conflict and was evacuated after British forces recaptured the Island. He has subsequently worked as a commercial diver, marine archaeologist and taught in secondary schools and outdoor education for seventeen years. He has been a leader on expeditions taking young people to Alaska and British Columbia. Since 2006 he has lived in Brittany, France, where he divides his time between Marine Archaeology, writing and working on polar expedition ships. This is his eleventh season on Antarctic Tourist ships.