At Aigua Sea School it’s all about YOU! With our combined expertise we can take you from absolute beginner to competent crew, or potential Yachtmaster to Certificate of Competence. We achieve this by bringing together arguably the finest collection of highly qualified, and experienced, Instructors ever gathered in one school.
Meet them here and learn a little more about the instructors that will train you to be the best that you can be.
As Principal it makes me proud, every single day, to have the privilege of working with each member of the Aigua training team, and you, our Aiguanauts. The reputation of Aigua Sea School has been built on word-of-mouth recommendations due to the calibre of our Instructors and the individual, professional, attention that they give you.
Welcome to Aigua!
Linda, Principal of Aigua Sea School
I passed my Yachtmaster Offshore exam one stormy February weekend in The Solent, way back in 2004! I earned 'my wings' by running courses as a Cruising Instructor for two years before applying for Yachtmaster Instructor status. I was first principal of Voyage Sea School in Palma, back in 2006, and was awarded Yachtmaster Ocean after my first Atlantic crossing in 2007. Having worked in at least half a dozen schools, in the Balearics, The Canaries and in the UK, I knew what would work when I set up Aigua! I am Yachtmaster Instructor; Advanced Powerboat; Sea Survival Instructor; SRC assessor for marine radio; Powerboat level 2 and Personal Watercraft Instructor.
John-Paul joins the Aigua team on the shorebased side of the school. With an enviable background in sales, marketing and events, 'JP' is our Student Support Manager plus running a whole load of behind-the-scenes. JP is the latest edition to the team and yes, we will sort out his team photograph and he'll probably write his own text for here when he gets round to it! Welcome JP, so glad you're part of the team!
John O Hara
John has been messing about on the water for over 40 years having grown up racing dinghies, before moving on to offshore yacht racing including the prestigious "Round Ireland" and "Fastnet" challenges. John has sailed across the Atlantic and, whilst cruising the Med, met with Aigua. Lucky for us, he stayed! John, or ‘Chief’ as we affectionately call him, is the Chief Instructor for the sailing courses; he’s also a First Aid Instructor and SRC marine radio assessor. John has the patience of a saint, and runs the theory courses with great care and attention before taking his sailing crew onboard and putting them through their paces in readiness for a Yachtmaster exam.
Sam is one of our Cruising Instructors. A natural on, and 'under', the water, Sam joins us after 10 years experience as a Royal Navy nuclear submarine Navigation Officer, then two years in Special Operations (very hush hush). Sam is Master of Yachts <3000GT and balances his training for Aigua Sea School with running superyachts.
Nathan has vague memories of being on his Dads' Enterprise dinghy when he was very young; he was pushed out in an Optimist when he was about six years old and was sailing it like a pro after just a few minutes. At the tender age of 10, he took part in a week-long RYA course on the Isle of Wight and immediately proclaimed that he wanted to become a sailing instructor ... an idea he ran with! Working at a range of training centres in the UK, Caribbean, Mediterranean and the Middle East, from council-run adventure centres, with disadvantaged and troubled kids, to holiday companies and one-on-one training with high profile clients. Nathan is an Advanced Powerboat Instructor, Powerboat and Personal Watercraft Instructor, Sail Cruising Instructor, Senior Dinghy, Keelboat and Race Coach.
Trevor's first taste of boating was in the late 1970's around the Irish coast on the family's Shetland motor boat; he then got the sailing bug and raced dinghies most weekends. Trevor's first RYA qualification was Day Skipper, both for sail and motor, over 20 years ago, then followed years of cruising and deliveries. Based on all that experience, Trevor really is the guy who can just about do everything. As Chief Instructor for the motor scheme, his talents don’t just stop at instructing; his keen interest in mechanics means he can fix just about everything too! Yachtmaster Instructor (motor), Cruising Instructor (sail), Powerboat and Personal Watercraft Instructor ... I’ve never met anyone so capable on the water.
Simon specialises in teaching the Yachtmaster Ocean syllabus. Having learnt Astro well before the days of GPS (early 1980’s), Simon has skippered sailing boats across all but the Southern Ocean, so is well placed to bring real experience and practical knowledge to the Aigua classroom. Based in Southampton, Simon and his family live on board their ocean going Schooner 'Talisman of Fambridge', and he teaches celestial navigation somewhere around the world (from the Caribbean to the Far East and Europe) about every three weeks. Not only for his unrivalled ocean teaching experience, Simon is a thoroughly nice guy to be in the classroom with; we have to book him months in advance so that you, our Aiguanauts, receive the best Ocean training whilst under our care.
Katie joined Aigua Sea School first as a student, before coming to work in the office, and we trained her to become a Personal Watercraft Instructor. Deciding to swap a desk job for life on the high seas, Katie works for Aigua as an instructor running superb courses (check out the feedback) so you'll meet her in the summer months. Katie is a Day Skipper for Sail, Powerboater and a Personal Watercraft Instructor. Ask Katie about the courses run by Aigua Sea School for, as a student and an instructor, Katie is extremely knowledgeable about our courses.
A Registered Emergency and Intensive Care Nurse, Ski-Patroller, Paramedic and Professional Sailor for 20 years, our First Aid courses could not be run by anyone with more experience!
Amanda has sailed the world, and nearly circumnavigated it, participating in most Superyacht and Maxi regattas; she has nursed in war zones, refugee camps, bush fires and massacres. Amanda was born to nurse and has a passion to teach what she knows. If you have attended any course run by Amanda, you will have experienced the passion she has for being prepared, and preventing trauma and illness at sea.