Army Airborne, Navy Clearance diver,
shark attack survivor, author, tv host
and motivational speaker

About Paul


These three words – a mantra Paul de Gelder learnt in the Australian Army – always resonated with him. But they would take on new meaning after he was attacked by a shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as an elite navy clearance diver was flung into jeopardy.

Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him – from his wild teen years to his journey into an elite echelon of the Australian defence force – Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery.

He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.

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How a shark attack survivor beat the odds

From a hoodlum teen to an Australian Army Airborne Paratrooper and Navy Clearance diver, to shark attack survivor, conservationist, television host, and motivational speaker, No Time For Fear gives you access into the thrilling and inspiring life of Paul de Gelder.  


No Time for Fear book cover

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