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 .
  • To date in 2021 we have sponsored 4 of the team's First Aid courses.  We have plans for 1 Surf instructor, 2 Dinghy instructors and 2 Senior instructors as Covid restrictions permit.

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 10/03/2021

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.

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.

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.

Amanda Bainbridge

Amanda Bainbridge

Paddleboard instructor

Amanda demonstrating one way to enter 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.   email 

Her "real" job is a Senior nurse for Health visiting for NHS Wales.

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.  

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 after studying for his A-levels and has just completed his Degree in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. 

On to do a Masters next.

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.

Jessica Bainbridge

Jessica Bainbridge

Paddle board, Kayak instructor and administrator

Jessica has grown up with us, initially one of our watersports assistants, now qualified in her own right to teach kayaks and paddleboards.

She is working towards becoming a Dinghy instructor, Covid permitting in 2021.

Jess is also an RNLI volunteer and junior football coach.

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.

He's been away for a while at Warsash Maritime Academy training to be a Merchant Seaman.

Now waiting for his posting.

Max Godsell

Max Godsell

Windsurf & Dinghy instructor

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

When he is not working on his degree he spends his time with us.

Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

Watersports assistant

Already a competent sailor Lauren will be honing her new skills on Saturdays working alongside the dinghy instructors. 

In 2021 hopes to pass her Dinghy instructor course if Covid restrictions will allow.

Rusty Finch

Rusty Finch

Paddle board and Kayak instructor

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

Llew Griffiths

Llew Griffiths

Paddle sport instructor

Llew is an experienced powerboater and kayaker who started at CBW in the Summer of 2019. He hopes to develop his boating skills to earn higher powerboat qualifications. Seen here whilst on an RYA Development Day.

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

James Dobson

James Dobson

Kayak instructor

James is a keen kayaker and power boater. 

Works at the centre most Sundays.

Kim Hudson

Kim Hudson

Administrator & Paddle sport instructor

Kim lives in New Quay in her home which is more of building site !  So escapes to the water on her kayak whenever she can.

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.

David Viney

David Viney

Senior instructor Dinghy, Windsurf & Power boat instructor

“David likes to teach windsurfing, dinghies and powerboating. He spent every summer between 2016 and 2019 in Greece and Sardinia teaching in beach clubs.

During the lockdown he found time to learn to surf and become a Scout leader”

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.