Captain Bill TateBill Tate – Head of Maritime Training


A Master Mariner with over 30 years of sea going experience and 20 years of teaching MCA yacht modules.

Qualifications & Experience

An IAMI Director and Chair the IAMI Restricted CoC sub group, working with MCA on the Yacht Officer training programme and the Maritime Skills Alliance.

What I Teach

All Officer of the Watch (OOW), Master courses and ECDIS, EDH and Simulators

Why UKSA? ‘UKSA is an inspiring place to work’

Gregor McGowanGregor McGowan – MCA Training Manager


After spending a couple of seasons as a water sports instructor for UKSA, I decided to return here and work as a Yachtmaster instructor.

Qualifications & Experience

MCA Chief Mate (Yacht) 3,000 gross tonnes, MCA Master 200 gt (unlimited), MCA AEC, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner/Instructor

What I teach: Yachtmaster and Ocean Theory, General Ship Knowledge, ECDIS, STCW 2010

Why UKSA? I enjoy training our professional students and helping to equip them with the skills and qualifications they require in order to progress in their careers’

Rob BurtonRob Burton – MCA Instructor


Started my career as a Dinghy instructor which led onto me getting my Ocean master and Ocean master Instructor. I then worked on Super Yachts for 8 years, cruising the Med, Caribbean, USA, Red Sea, UK, Baltic and Norway.

Qualifications & Experience

I hold the Chief Mate <3000 GT and Master <200 GT CoC

What I Teach: I teach the OOW modules of Nav & Radar, GSK and ECDIS

Why UKSA? ‘I have always enjoyed teaching/instruction so this was a great way for me to come land based whilst staying in the industry’

James PotipherJames Potipher – MCA Instructor


Started working in the industry as a water sports instructor, teaching people to become future instructors. I transferred my skills form working water sports for 6 years into the yachting industry.

Qualifications & Experience

Master 200 and Advanced Powerboat instructor. I’m continually working to gain higher qualifications with the aim to get my Master 3000 ticket.

What I Teach: STCW course for new super yacht crew & PSCRB.

Why UKSA? ‘I want to give my knowledge and experience of the industry on to the future generation of superyacht crew’

Ross KennedyRoss Kennedy – MCA Instructor


Sailed deep sea commercially on oil tankers for 15 years as a deck officer.

What I Teach: I teach the MCA and STCW courses from greenhorns all the way up to masters.

Why UKSA? I came ashore and wanted to continue working in the maritime environment whilst being able to enjoy family life’

PaulPaul Martin – MCA Instructor


Radio Officer and Station Manager at Portishead progressing to teaching Master Stability and construction for Bluewater in various countries.

Qualifications & Experience

I teach a variety of specialist marine courses including GMDSS GOC and Masters Stability 3000.

What I Teach: GMDSS GOC, Master Stability 3000 (Yachting), Ship Security Officer, STCW PST, STCW PSSR & STCW PDSD.

Why UKSA? ‘I enjoy working in a fun, friendly and diverse environment. UKSA is a fantastic place to meet new people and to change the lives of young  people’

Beth NordoffBeth Neydorff – MCA Course Advisor


Started as a Watersports instructor in 2008, specialised in outdoor activities and working with young people.

Qualifications & Experience

Fully qualified watersports instructor, ERCA working at Height and Generic Rescuer trained, Diploma in Leadership and Management level 3, MCA STCW & HELM Operational Level.

My role: MCA & Recreation training course advisor.

Why UKSA?I love working for an organisation that not only makes a difference to thousands of young people, I have the ability to grow professionally’