Interview with Daniel Cavka (@nauticalcroatia)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I was born on the East Coast of Australia in a regional city called Gold Coast. It’s where I lived most of my life with the exception of a couple of years in Sydney. I never really found myself comfortable in the city and after living there for about two years I decided it wasn’t for me so I moved back to the Gold Coast where I worked alongside my dad on a rendering business we own. After being back home for about 12 months I came to the conclusion I needed something more and was hungry for a new challenge. This all happened around the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, after Croatia beat Russia I decided to head over and watch the games in person. After the grand final loss to France, I decided to head over to Split and visit family for a week. A few days before I was due to head back to Australia, two friends visited Croatia. They were heading over to Hvar and asked if I’d fancy coming along for the trip to which I couldn’t say no. I started making my way to Split Ferry Port, only to be told that I in fact had to meet at the airport because the boat was leaving from the beach below Zračna Luka. I made my way over there and met them where I was then guided to a speedboat, I said what’s this to which my friends told me was our mode of transport to Hvar. The rest is history, my brain started working overtime thinking about the possibilities of starting my own transfer service, and here I am.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The day I collected the boat was the most joy I’d had since starting the business. Until a few hours later I found out my petrol gauge was displaying a higher amount of petrol in the tank and I found myself drifting in rough sea conditions towards a secluded island next to Trogir. I managed to call for help through WhatsApp and was rescued by SeaHelp after about 75 minutes at sea.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

It’s as simple as ensuring you have a routine in place. People will say that when you’re just starting out and not supported by a team you would find with an already established business you don’t have the time to rest when you’re wearing all the hats. But the people that say this tend to be the ones who give up too easily. The effort you put into your business should equal the effort you put into protecting your health and body.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My family has been my biggest support from day one. Without them, I’m sure my path to the success I have achieved till now would not have been as celebrated.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Each year we partner with randomly selected companies that assist in removing plastic from the bottom of the seafloor located along the Adriatic Sea.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

If it’s attainable through persistence and success, don’t settle for a mundane reality.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow on Instagram (@nauticalcroatia).

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