Instructors and Training Centre Staff

All our instructors are trained to RYA standards and properly qualified to deliver sailing and powerboat courses which cover the requirements of the RYA.

Assistant Instructors and Dinghy Instructors are always supervised by a Senior Instructor whenever courses are being delivered and the whole team is managed by our Principal, Ali Butler-Baines.

If you see us around the club, please have a chat about any training you are interested in or email training@grafham.org.

Chief Instructor,  Matt French

Senior Instructors: Ali Butler-Baines, Jon Sweet, Andy Baker, Andy Baldock, Russell Taylor, Nigel Morse, John Goodwin and Gordy Baines
Dinghy Instructors: Jacob Aldridge, Holly Dabson, Megan Smith, Will James, Ian Rawet, Angela Wallis, Tara Butterfield
Powerboat Instructors: David McNamee, Jon Sweet, Chris Moon, Mark Boyes, Nige Morse, John Goodwin, Ali Butler-Baines, Gordy Baines
Race Coaches: Peter Saxton, Holly Dabson


 

Further notes that apply to all courses

  • Courses are only available to club members, but we have a special three-month membership package available only for new members who book a training course.
  • We provide buoyancy aids for the RYA Stage 1, 2, & 3 and Level 1 & 2 courses.
  • You need to provide a waterproof top and adequate soft footwear. We also require that you wear a wetsuit. They’re available secondhand and from all good chandlers including our on-site chandler – Jonti. Some major supermarkets have products priced from £15 – £25 upwards.
  • Courses will take place if there is sufficient demand.
  • Gift vouchers are available for both course fees and membership subscriptions. Please enquire by emailing the office or by telephone (01480 810478).