About us

Meet the Cardigan Bay Watersports Team

All our instructors have at least the minimum qualification required for the discipline they are teaching.

They will also hold their PB2 coastal certificate and a current First Aid certificate.

So you can be confident they know what they are doing.  See for yourself..............

We Sponsor our instructors and volunteers to get further qualified or improve their skills. 

In 2014 we funded 3 new dinghy instructors and a powerboat instructor.

In 2015 we sent 4 members of the team to do their "multi-hull" endorsement. 

In 2016 we sponsored 2 new windsurf instructors, 2 paddle board instructors, a senior instructor and a powerboat instructor. 

We recognise we are not able to offer work all year round but we are proud of the successes of our staff who go on to full time work in this and related industries.

Not bad going for a little centre in West Wales. 

Do you want to be involved ?  Contact us

If it is time for you to do your "Work Experience" we may be able to help .

Crawford Mcleary

Crawford Mcleary

Centre Manager, Chief Watersports Instructor, keelboats, dinghies, multihulls, powerboats, PWC.

Crawford is a well known in the sailing scene in both New Quay and in the Midlands. He joined the project full time in 2013 following years as a volunteer trainer.

His main job now is to make sure the team have a mug of tea and there are enough biscuits to last the day out.

As an ex-Commodore of New Quay Yacht club he is still closely involved as a committee member and currently Sailing Secretary..

Then if there is any time / energy left at the end of the day he will take his Laser / Windsurf board out for a blast.

Steve Wood

Steve Wood

Centre Principal, Dinghy, Keelboat and Powerboat Instructor

Steve has been sailing for more than 20 years and still loves sharing that knowledge out on the water.

He helped establish the centre in New Quay and has been tireless in securing funding for the centre.  His contribution recognised when he recently received Radio Ceredigion's "Volunteer of the Year" award.

As well as instructing he is also the centre's Principal. 

When opportunity presents Steve will get out and sail his own boat.

Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies

Dinghy Instructor

Jennifer has been teaching dinghy sailing so long that some of her early sailors are now bringing their grandchildren to learn how to sail.  

When the weather is right Jen is still keen to get out on the water in her own sailing boat or kayak.

Jennifer has been a volunteer with the project since its inception. 

When not at the centre Jen is a swimming instructor and lifeguard at Aberaeron pool.

Peter Yates

Peter Yates

Windsurf & dinghy instructor

Peter's interest in watersports started with kayaking, then widened to other watersports. His sailing and windsurfing instructor training has been sponsored by the Reardon Smith Nautical Trust.  

After 5 seasons with the centre Pete now works for the centre on a part-time basis delivering courses at weekends.

Pete is also a key member of the New Quay RNLI Lifeboat team as helm of the ILB.

Now a father of two, Pete's day job is in Cardigan making and rigging boats for Swallow boats.

Gemma Gill

Gemma Gill

Dinghy & multihull instructor

Gemma's enthusiasm for sailing is unrivalled.  She had her own Mirror dinghy at age 8, now graduated to a Laser 4000 and still never misses a chance to go sailing.

Gemma works part time for the centre, her courses are well received and often challenge our stocks of hot chocolate !

A helm on the Aberystwyth lifeboat, a tractor operator, Lifeboat Training Co-ordinator and member of the West Division Flood Team (we rarely see her at weekends). 

A keen horse woman, up early to go riding or mucking out.

In her "other" life she is a Teacher / Key Worker for Ceredigion County Council.

Dominic Brown

Dominic Brown

Dinghy, Multihull, Kayak and Powerboat instructor

Dominic's considerable experiences in other disciplines and his military background brings a structure to his courses.  

Dom keeps the team amused with his natural quiet style on the VHF radio, "affirm", "eyes on", "over".

Yes, Dom ever mindful of H&S is the one wearing the helmet.

Hannah Schafer

Hannah Schafer

Dinghy instructor

Hannah comes to dinghy sailing via yachts and yacht racing so now appreciates why dinghy sailors are sought after to crew on the bigger boats.  

When not working at the centre Hannah is a Ju Jitsu instructor, so we find her students are all very well behaved !

Dwynwen Evans

Dwynwen Evans

Kayak, dinghy & windsurf instructor

Dwynwen likes pink. (so you know what to buy her for a treat) 

A graduate in outdoor pursuits she has her mountaing leader award and teaches watersports. 

Most recently working on her Keelboat skills.

Shown here preparing the ducks for work!

Joins us again in the holidays.

Kester Laver

Kester Laver

Dinghy instructor

Kester has years of sailing experience to share, now retired he volunteers for us on a part-time basis.

A hard working instructor who is also pretty nifty at fixing the things the rest of us break, which is why he is also Bosun for New Quay Yacht club.

As a member of the RNLI Sea Safety team Kester does a lot of work promoting safety at sea as well as individual boat safety inspections.

Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson

Powerboat & dinghy instructor

With years of owning his own yachts Ed knows more about navigation than you can shake a stick at.

Ed volunteers for us on a part-time basis. 

Sheila Morgan

Sheila Morgan

Centre administration

Sheila works as a volunteer in the centre but when she gets a chance will be out in her own dinghy flying the spinaker.  Off the water Sheila spins, weaves and make great woollen clothes.

Amanda Bainbridge

Amanda Bainbridge

Centre administration / paddleboarder

Amanda's daughter is into sailing so as Amanda was hanging around on Saturday mornings, we persuaded her to join in. 

Amanda is now very at home on and in the water ! 

In 2016 with the help of a Community Chest grant has completed a 4 day paddle boarding instructors course.

A volunteer at weekends meeting and greeting customers, then getting out onto the water at any opportunity.

Amanda is also the centre's Child Protection Officer.

Her "real" job is a nurse and health visitor.

Pauline Bett

Pauline Bett

First Aid instructor

Pauline lists her passions, First Aid, Kayaking and wildlife.

An Auxiliary Nurse with over sixteen years' service. She has worked with the Ambulance service as a Community First Responder, and as a medic covering sporting events. 

A keen kayaker for over twenty years, and coached for over fifteen years.

When not teaching enjoys being in a kayak hoping to see dolphins and seals or on a walk watching Red Kites.

Leanne Bird

Leanne Bird

Paddleboard Instructor

Her love of the water and nature she has found a way to be part of both in water sports.

Leanne is also a qualified beach lifeguard, surf instructor, yoga teacher and personal trainer.

Laura Mears

Laura Mears

Administrator & Paddle board instructor

Laura pictured displaying one of her many talents as a windsurfer gets plenty of time on the water despite having an "office" job.

You will see her mostly on a paddleboard as she recently completed her 4 day paddleboard instructor course.

Laura is also a dive instructor, marine biologist and crewmember on the RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats.

William (Will) Thomas

William (Will) Thomas

Dinghy instructor

William started sailing in an Oppie aged 7 in the tidal waters of the Teifi Estuary then progressed to national squad in both Toppers and Laser radial.

William's racing took him across the UK and into Europe.

Now at university but he will be back with us during the holidays.

Peter Collier

Peter Collier

Dinghy instructor

Now retired from paid work in the midlands Peter volunteers for the centre.

A very competent and competitive dinghy racer Peter also sails his own dayboat out of Newport.

Julie Collier

Julie Collier

Administrator

Now retired from working in schools Julie seems to have a gift for organising our younger students into their wet suits and bouyancy aids.

Ieuan Edwards

Ieuan Edwards

Dinghy & Windsurf instructor

Sailor, paddleboarder, windsurfer pictured demonstrating his wake boarding skills.

John Simpson

John Simpson

Ski and Wakeboard instructor

In his previous life John was a bare foot ski coach ! 

John is the man who will want to see how fast the boat will go.  Any boat !

Catherine Gray

Catherine Gray

Assistant watersports instructor

Catherine helps out during the school holidays both on and off the water, that is when she is not sailing the family's Feva or Stratos. 

Pictured here sailing one of the centres 4.7 rig Lasers.

Matthew Webster

Matthew Webster

VHF radio instructor, Navigation instructor

Matt teaches VHF radio and navigation courses for CBW. 

He is one of the Senior Helms for Aberystwyth RNLI a role which he has held for the last 22 years.  So he should have some stories to share.

Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell

Paddleboard instructor

Andy has recently qualified as a Paddleboard instructor so is keen to pass on some skills.

Andy is the paddleboarder you might see paddling from Aberaeron to New Quay or out on the reef !  Or posing for the camera in New Quay, follow the link to You tube.

Andy video

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis

Windsurf instructor

Simon is new to teaching but not windsurfing. 

Go on, ask him anything about boards and rigs.  

Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones

Dinghy instructor

Rhys has graduated from the Regional Topper squad onto the Laser radial and regularly races around Wales. 

He completed his dinghy instructor course in 2016 so will soon be showing students how to sail.

Studying for his A-levels so back with us during the holidays.

Rory Edwards

Rory Edwards

Office administrator and safety boat driver

A local lad Rory has been around watersports since he was little.  A competent sailor, water skier and powerboat driver he helps look after our customers in the office and on the water.

The photograph shows Rory in one of his other roles. (he is the one in the middle)

Currently at Warsash Maritime Academy training to join the Merchant Navy, but back in the holidays.

Phil Dickinson

Phil Dickinson

Powerboat instructor, Dinghy Instructor, Windsurf instructor.

Phil has been instructing for years and during his career has managed a number of Watersports centres.

Now living the "Good Life" in West Wales with a small holding and stock he is an experienced member of the team.

Steve Bean

Steve Bean

Kayak and Canoe instructor

Steve is a paddler. 

He has worked all over the UK in a variety of roles most recently as manager of an outdoor pursuits centre, now working for himself we are happy to have him on board.

Check him out, Steve's business is Bean Boating.

Ian Jennings

Ian Jennings

Windsurf instructor

Ian's mum bought him his first board when he was a young teenager. 

That was a little while ago and he has been windsurfer ever since.

Time for him to pass on some knowledge.

Megan Dugdale

Megan Dugdale

Watersports assistant

A competent sailor Megan has aspirations to become a dinghy instructor in 2017.

We will do all we can to help.

When not at school Megan helps with both the administration and on the water.

Harri Bowman

Harri Bowman

Watersports assistant

Learning the "ropes" as a volunteer in 2016 Harri will be a valuable helper in 2017 when her full-time job in the NHS allows.

Jessica Bainbridge

Jessica Bainbridge

Watersports assistant

Jessica is currently our youngest watersports assistant so still at school but keen to spend time with us on and off the water. 

A stage 4 sailor she can also windsurf, paddleboard and kayak.

When work permits we are coaching her on her powerboating so by the time she is old enough to operate the boat on her own she should be very capable.