Tru North
Crew profile

Captain: Walmar De Wet (South Africa)
Chef/First Mate: Tamika Du Preez (South Africa)
Mate: Hein Van Eeden (South Africa)

Captain: Walmar De Wet
Walmar grew up boating and living along the coast of South Africa; his first week long boat trip was with his dad at the age of three. He has a long history in the maritime world, both professionally and personally.

Born in Namibia and growing up in a small coastal fishing town called Velddrif in South Africa, the ocean is his second home. He is an avid fisherman and enjoys to free dive. After completing school, Walmar pursued his love of the ocean undertaking Maritime Studies to become a merchant seafarer where he sailed as 2nd officer on chemical tankers world-wide. In 2017, after exhausting his time on tankers he chose yachting as an alternative and has had absolutely no regrets!

He holds a 500t Captains license and has completed many charters from Cape Town harbor as well as navigating across the Pacific from Panama to Yokohama and the Eastern trade routes through the Suez Canal, Europe and back to the States.

Chef/First Mate: Tamika Du Preez
Tamika grew up in Melkbosstrand a small surfing town located on the west coast of South Africa. She has a very close bond to the ocean and the maritime industry as her father is a Master mariner who has completed many big salvage operations during his career. Growing up with a father figure heavily involved in the maritime industry has led her in the same direction.

After completing school, she found yachting to be the perfect entry to this amazing industry. Tamika started off her career in the Mediterranean where she worked for an American couple on a privately owned yacht as chef/stewardess. She then saw an opportunity to improve her skills and took on working for multiple high-profile owners in the Middle East offering Silver Service Charters.

She then returned to South Africa to join her now fiancé, Walmar, and after a year of running charters together in South Africa they have changed tack to run charters in the Caribbean and further their journey together.

Deck/Steward: Hein Van Eeden
Rounding out our seasoned crew is Hein, an experienced sailor, Dive Master, and renowned mixologist from Langebaan, South Africa. As your deckhand and steward, Hein will create countless ocean adventures that will become lifetime memories for you and your family whether that be learning to free dive, spearfish, or surf on our new eFoil carbon boards. He can’t wait to regale you with his stories, and hear about your ocean dreams, as he crafts you the most delicious cocktails each day.

Walmar, Tamika and Hein are professional yet fun and adventurous. They enjoy sharing their love of the ocean and this beautiful chain of islands with their guests, ensuring the best possible time for everyone on board Tru North.