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 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. 
  • In 2017 we funded First aid courses for 6 of the team.  We also donated kayaks and paddleboards to use for the inshore races run by Cardigan Bay Regatta which we have continued since.
  • In 2018 we sponsored one of the team for their Safety boat course and one Senior dinghy instructor, 6 of the team their First Aid course.
  • In 2019 we sponsored a Dinghy instructor, a Keelboat instructor and a Windsurf instructor and 7 team members their VHF certificate as well as 14 of the team First Aid courses.  We also provided a power boat team to support Hel's Belles women's rowing team on the Celtic Challenge.
  • In 2020 with Covid 19 protection we had 12 of the team complete First Aid courses.  We sponsored 10 of the team for their BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue certificate and BCU Paddlesport instructor qualification.  We also sponsored 4 of the team to complete the RYA Powerboat 2 .
  • In 2021 we sponsored 4 of the team's First Aid courses, 2 RYA Powerboat 2, 1 Surf instructor, 2 Dinghy instructors and 2 Senior instructors, 5 Sea Survival courses, 3 VHF places, ongoiing CPD both internally and externally despite the Covid restrictions!
  • So for 2022 we hope to have a possie of newly qualified Wingsup instructors, as well as Dinghy and Windsurf instructors.  Expect we will renew a lot of First Aid certificates and fund VHF places.

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

Work experience places are limited so if it is time for you to do your work experience, we may be able to help but don't leave it too late.

updated 22/03/2022

Crawford Mcleary

Crawford Mcleary

Centre Manager, Chief Watersports Instructor, Keelboats, Dinghies, Multihulls, Powerboats, Paddle board, Windsurf, Kayak.

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.

"The satisfaction of my job is developing the team and watching them grow their skills and confidence."

As an ex-Commodore of New Quay Yacht club he is still 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 4000 / Hawk / Windsurf / Laser or paddle board out.

Is the centre's Covid 19 officer.

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. 

Mikey Roberts

Mikey Roberts

Senior instructor Dinghy, Windsurf & Power boat instructor

Mikey is a dinghy and windsurf instructor who has spent a lot of time abroad teaching now back in the UK.

He also loves surfing and pizza. 

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 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.

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

Admin & 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 windsurf instructor and bare foot ski coach !  So if anyone can get you skiing John can.

Now retired from full time work John has time to spend on his yacht moored in New Quay.

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

Or you will find him in the SUP Shack in New Quay, which is where we go for our SUP spares.

Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis

Intermediate Windsurf instructor

Simon is new to teaching but not windsurfing. 

If he was on Mastermind his specialist subject would be .......... Windsurfing.

Go on, ask him anything about boards and rigs.  

Ian Jennings

Ian Jennings

Windsurf instructor

Windsurfer, dinghy sailor, powerboater, water-skier, wake-boarder.

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.

Ffion Thomas

Ffion Thomas

Assistant

Ffion is a new member of the team for 2022, a local girl who loves paddleboarding.

Ffion will be helping with all aspects of the Centre from dunking wetsuits to assisting with sessions on the water.

Hannah Schafer

Hannah Schafer

Senior instructor dinghy, keelboat, Paddleboard and kayak 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 and BCU as a paddle sport instructor.

Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

Dinghy instructor

Already a competent sailor Lauren gained her Dinghy instructor qualification in July 2021.

Away at university but back in the holidays to help with the sailing instructor team.

Rusty Finch

Rusty Finch

Paddle board and Kayak instructor

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

Max Godsell

Max Godsell

Senior instructor Windsurf & Dinghy.

Max spent the winter of 2016 becoming an instructor.  The summer of 2017 we let him loose on students. 

He passed his Senior instructor in March 2021, his Day Skipper in September.

We hope he will be back with us in 2022 when he is not building up his sailing miles delivering yachts.

Llew Griffiths

Llew Griffiths

Power boat and Paddle sport instructor

Llew is an experienced powerboater and kayaker who started at CBW in the Summer of 2019.

He has been developing his sailing skills but in the mean time qualified as a Power boat instructor.  

Currently a university in Aberystwyth back to work with us in the holidays.

Ethan Walsh

Ethan Walsh

Watersport assistant

One of the younger members of the team Ethan enjoys outdoor activities including watersports, cycling and plays rugby for Aberaeron. 

Claire Barnes

Claire Barnes

Centre Administrator & Paddle sport instructor

Claire enjoys kayaking, crewing yachts and paddle boarding. She has also has completed dinghy sailing, safety at sea & power boat courses.

At home she enjoys working with her alpacas & spinning their fleeces & gardening, whilst running her B&B

www.fiveoaks-Newquay.co.uk

Will Best

Will Best

Paddle sport instructor

Will now making his home (literally) in New Quay. 

Will's "proper" job is a big boat sailor and navigator, but also a pretty competent paddle boarder, dinghy sailor and power boater.

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

Paddle board instructor & tour leader

Michelle is into paddleboarding so spending time on the water with customers isn't really like work !

Helps out in the centre too meeting and greeting making sure customers are looked after on and off the water.

Jake Howells

Jake Howells

Watersport assistant

Jake has aspirations to become a windsurf instructor, so working at this centre will improve his skills.

Cameron Hogg

Cameron Hogg

Paddle sport instructor & Watersport assistant

.Cameron while still at school, has been working at the centre for a few years and recently completed the BCU Paddlesport instructor course.

"I’ve lived in New Quay all my life and loved the sea for most of it, and have been kayaking and paddle boarding for almost 6 years, I’m constantly looking to improve my skills and make sure everyone else can experience the things I have."

Pictured here doing his Paddlesport instructor course on a cold, wet day in December 2020.

Tiegan Pearce

Tiegan Pearce

Dinghy instructor

Tiegan is our youngest dinghy instructor but a very competent sailor as regular crew on the high performance 29er.

Pictured here about to start a coaching session with some young sailors.

Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies

Kayak Instructor

As a volunteer with the project since its inception in 2002 Jen now is mostly helping customers gain some confidence in kayaks.

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

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

Fiona Best

Fiona Best

Child Protection Officer

She lives in New Quay and can be found on or near the water most days making the most of all that the bay has to offer.

Fiona is married to Will who also volunteers at the centre. 

She enjoys beach bbqs, swimming all year round, boat trips, ‘skurfing’, surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding, power boating, dinghy sailing and walking the dog on the beach.

Fiona ran the Ski Club of Great Britain’s marketing department for 10 years before a couple of years at the RYA in Hamble where she was Sponsorship Manager for the Skandia Team GBR at the Beijing Olympics. She currently works as a freelance Snowsports PR and journalist.

Ciara Charlwood

Ciara Charlwood

Watersport assistant

Ciara spent the summer of 2021 with us.

With her PB2 and First aid certificates already, her dinghy instructor course is planned for April 2022 so we will be working hard to make sure she has the skills and confidence to pass with flying colours.

Sam Dutnell

Sam Dutnell

Watersport assistant

Sam spent the summer of 2021 with us in one of our safety boats making sure our customers were safe. 

You might also see Sam playing football for New Quay FC.