Peter Davidson has confronted fear and beaten it. He was the paramedic who put his own life in danger during the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. In the midst of the worst storm in race history, Peter was lowered from the chopper into the enormous waves to rescue eight sailors. Peter speaks eloquently on subjects such as leadership, vision, adapting to circumstance, teamwork, persistence and managing risk. Having willingly placed his own life in danger in order to save others he is one of the most inspirational speakers in Australia.
A storm was brewing but no-one knew how bad it would be.
Peter Davidson is a humble but remarkable Australian. On December 26th 1998, 114 yachts left Sydney harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, yet only 44 finished. Of the remaining vessels, 12 yachts were abandoned, 5 yachts sank, 6 men lost their lives and over 50 yachtsmen had to be winched to safety. The event is recognised as one of the worst Maritime disasters in Australian history.
Peter Davidson was a paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach the yacht “Standaside.” Eight men needed to be rescued.
The weather was described by many of the survivors and rescuers as “a Hurricane.” Waves were over 25 metres high and winds gusting at over 120 km/hr. These were the conditions into which Peter was winched to conduct the most testing rescue of his career.
This is a powerful and moving story of showing the best of what ordinary, well-trained and motivated people can achieve.
Peter shares this incredible story in which he himself almost lost his life twice. The gripping, real-life drama tested the entire crew of Helimed One and stands testament to achieving under extreme circumstances.
For over 16 years, Peter Davidson has been employed by the RAV (Rural Ambulance Victoria), and for over 12 of those years he has been aboard Helimed One, the Victorian Air Ambulance Rescue Helicopter. Peter is a qualified Air Ambulance M.I.C.A., Flight Paramedic and Team Leader.
The crew has been recognised nationally and internationally for their bravery, skill and dedication, but as Peter relates, “Awards and recognition are great, but nothing was better than the smiles on the faces of the survivors and their families.”
Peter has a really interesting story and tells it well and in a manner that can be related to business challenges.
Fascinating story, awe inspiring.
Avida Recreational Vehicles
Excellent engaging speaker with a great tale to tell.
He was amazing and had the entire crowd captivated. I would highly recommend him and very professional.
East Coast Conferences
A sensational presentation that inspired us all.
Australian Financial Services
Peter Davidson gave a very moving and motivating presentation and with the Q & A at the end we were able to draw out key messages/objectives of the presentation as we needed.
McKinsey & Company
Excellent. Peter’s presentation was very well received and appreciated by our clients.
Outlook Financial Planning
Excellent. Humble but very impressive speaker...received a standing ovation from delegates at the conference...very well received...INSPIRING.
Nothing less than a standing ovation for a Good Aussie Bloke.
Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club
Peter Davidson was fantastic - He has been the most inspirational speaker we have had to date. I could hardly get him out of the building as the guys had so many questions to ask of him.
His attention to detail and ability to recapture the moment was amazing and he was such a nice person too, an absolute pleasure to listen to. You could have heard a pin drop the team were so attentive. There was nothing but praise for Peter. A lot of people shook his hand and thanked him as they exited the room.
Excellent. Exceptional – kept everyone spellbound. Very unassuming and down to earth. Worked our theme of ‘communication’ very clearly into presentation.
William Adams Pty Ltd
Excellent. Enthralling account of a real Australian hero.
Livestock Transport Assoc of Vic
Excellent. Everyone was captivated by Peter Davidson's presentation, especially the females.
Financial Planners Association
Excellent. He was as always superb and captivating.
Peter Davidson presentation enthralled and captivated the imagination of the audience. Not only was he inspirational but it put our own problems into perspective.
It was truly an inspirational story and you deserve all the accolades that have been bestowed on you. Your story touched everybody in the room and the matter of fact style with which you portrayed the events had everybody in awe of your courage and humility.
Excellent. Peter Davidson successfully combined what was traumatic life experience into an example for professional learning in teamwork. His presentation content was inspirational.
Excellent. Peter Davidson had all in attendance enthralled. He was the best speaker I have ever seen this year… said one of our guests.
Excellent. Everyone was very impressed with Peter’s story and presentation. A true inspiration.
Thought Peter Davidson was absolutely fantastic. A moving and emotional experience, one of the best!
Guardian Financial Planning "
The feedback I received from dinner attendees on Peter's talk was excellent. They were absolutely enthralled with his presentation. His down to earth manner and "boy's own annual" story was exactly right for that audience.
Peter was exceptional. He was a delight to work with and thoroughly professional. Feedback from his presentation has been unanimously positive. He delivers his story in a style that holds his audience spellbound - I have no criticisms or negative comments to make. He was wonderful!
Barfoot & Thompson
Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Assoc
Peter was fantastic. Delegates were impressed with the heroic efforts by Peter and the team aboard the Heli-med. Apart from being completely mesmerised by his story, key messages of team building, belief in yourself, belief in your team, understanding and cooperation were adopted by all delegates. We thank Peter for taking the time for a Q&A post presentation and for sharing his story with us.
John Holland Southern Region
Excellent doesn’t do justice to how powerful, profound and engaging Peter is. As a presenter he taught a room full of health professionals the true meaning of humility and integrity. Peter delivered a once in a life time presentation that left most people speechless and connected key theme's of resilience, tenacity and ingenuity. We cannot thank Peter enough for what he has given our business.
Fred Cicchini - Maximus Solutions
Peter was a fantastic and enthralling speaker, capturing the audience with his opening words, and holding them in a trance until the end of his story. In terms of a perfect fit between my brief and Peter’s story, I couldn’t have asked for a better series of linkages – teamwork, the importance of having a plan and what happens when your plan doesn’t work. Thank you Peter.
Peter was simply sensational. His presentation struck a chord with every delegate regardless of gender or age. To see hardened industry people with red-eyes at the end of it, was an amazing sight.
Steve Dobbie - APIA