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 Powerboating 2 Coastal Certificate and a current First Aid certificate, so you can be confident they know what they are doing. See for yourself below...

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, Paddle board, Windsurf.

Crawford is 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 is currently Sailing Secretary.

Then if there is any time / energy left at the end of the day he will take his Laser / Hawk / 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.

Hannah Schafer

Hannah Schafer

Senior instructor / Paddleboard 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.  Qualified with WSA as a Paddleboard instructor.

Sheila Morgan

Sheila Morgan

Centre administration

Sheila works as a volunteer in the centre but when she gets a chance enjoys sailing the Hawk 20.  Off the water Sheila spins, weaves and make great woollen clothes.

Kat Dawes

Kat Dawes

Centre administration

Kat works in the Centre's office meeting and greeting customers and generally trying to keep everything organised... 

Kat has been surfing for over 25 years and calls Llangrannog her home break. If there are no waves, she will be found paddleboarding or swimming. She is also keen to re-learn old sailing and windsurfing skills - anything on or in the water! 

Off the water Kat makes jewellery using silver, seaglass and shells. She also loves yoga, Corgis and writing. 

Amanda Bainbridge

Amanda Bainbridge

Paddleboard instructor

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 meeting and greeting customers or out on the water.

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

Paddle board instructor

Laura pictured displaying one of her many talents as a windsurfer.

You will see her mostly on a paddleboard.

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

John Simpson

John Simpson

Ski and Wakeboard instructor

In his previous life John was a bare foot ski coach !  So if anyone can get you skiing John can.

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 is the paddleboarder you might see paddling from Aberaeron to New Quay or out on the reef when everyone else is on the beach ! 

Or posing for the camera in New Quay, follow the link to You tube.

Andy video

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis

Intermediate Windsurf instructor

Simon is new to teaching but not windsurfing. 

Go on, ask him anything about boards and rigs.  

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.

Jessica Bainbridge

Jessica Bainbridge

Watersports assistant & Sunday admin

Jessica is one of our watersports assistants, 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. 

Now a regular on Sundays she is responsible for meeting and greeting customers.

Ruben Adams

Ruben Adams

Dinghy instructor

Ruben started out as our "saturday boy" after doing his D of E volunteeting with us.  He did his Sailing courses with us so knows his way around the fleet at Cardigan Bay Watersports.  This was an ideal place for him to get in his volunteer time for his Duke of Edinburgh award.

In the spring of 2019 the centre sponsored him to do his Dinghy Instructor course.  Naturally he passed with flying colours.  So now we can let him get on with teaching sailing.

Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

Watersports assistant

Already a competent sailor Lauren has recently completed her Powerboat course so will be honing her new skills on Saturdays helping working alongside the dinghy instructors.

Rusty Finch

Rusty Finch

Paddle board instructor

Rusty is obviously cool, but all Paddle board instructors cool.

Jac Grainger

Jac Grainger

Watersport assistant

Jac has been with us for a couple of years now starting up helping the crew. Last year he completed his PB2 and is now working on the safety boats as well as the office.