About Coast and Cairn
Rob is the founder and chief instructor of Coast and Cairn. He has been sailing for 19 years and began instructing professionally in 2006. Rob has taught a wide variety of people at training centres across the UK and holds the following RYA qualifications:
- Yachtmaster Coastal (commercially endorsed)
- Advanced Powerboat (commercially endorsed)
- Keelboat Instructor
- Senior Dinghy Instructor
- Powerboat Instructor
- Shorebased Instructor
- First Aid Instructor
- SRC Instructor/Assessor
His personal sailing experience ranges from club dinghy sailing to offshore yacht racing, including the notorious Fastnet Race. Rob is also a volunteer Helm and the Training Coordinator at the local inshore lifeboat, RNLI Kessock, as well as a member of the RNLI National Flood Rescue team.
Rob instructs in a number of land-based outdoor activities and has led overseas expeditions. He is a Mountain Leader, qualifying him to lead walking groups in the mountainous areas of the UK and he has been teaching navigation skills for a number of years. From 2006 to 2017, Rob was proud to work for Woodlore, the UK’s premier school of wilderness bushcraft, founded by bushcraft expert Ray Mears.