Principal & Chief Instructor

Rob Bashford

I’ve always had a passion for boats and the sea and this led me to pursue a career on the water. I started out dinghy sailing as a child, before progressing to yachting in my teens. I went on to log many thousands of miles of coastal and offshore cruising/racing off the south coast of England. In 2006, I qualified as an RYA Dinghy Instructor and began instructing professionally.

Having started out as a sailor, I found myself spending increasing amounts of my professional time afloat in powerboats, becoming an RYA Powerboat instructor in 2011. I joined the RNLI in 2012, as a volunteer crew member on an Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat. I spent nearly 8 years on the crew, rising to command the lifeboat as a Helm, as well as becoming the Lifeboat Training Coordinator and Trainer Assessor. I was also part of the RNLI National Flood Rescue team and qualified as a Flood Water Rescue Technician and Boat Operator

Nowadays, I am an RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor and freelance powerboat skipper. Since 2015, I have spent my winters instructing in the classroom, delivering RYA Shorebased courses (Navigation, VHF radio & First Aid) to a wide range of people and organisations.         


Rob Bashford

RYA Qualifications:

  • Advanced Powerboat (commercial)
  • Yachtmaster Coastal Sail (commercial)
  • Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor
  • VHF (SRC) Instructor/Assessor
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Keelboat Instructor
  • Senior Dinghy Instructor



Over the years, I have worked with a wide range of clients. From individual private clients and boating clubs, to large organisations in both the public and private sectors, I can cater for a variety of needs. Below is a selection of some of the valued clients I have worked with.