A Family Thing
It’s all about personal service – we are a family run business with a dedicated team that’s all about making sure you have the best experience possible.
We offer everything from a half day taster sessions for groups or individuals, intermediate and advanced clinics, 2 & 5 day courses and shore based courses (online and classroom based). We also run instructor courses in sailing, windsurfing, power-boating and personal water craft (jet skis). Shore based Ocean Rowing training included!
We are of course RYA, British Canoeing & BSUPA recognised and hold an AALA Licence.
At SeaSports our focus is always on offering you the very best available; our instructors equipment and facilities are of the highest standard, and we pride ourselves on attention to detail and excellent service. Our instructor ratios are kept very low ensuring that you get maximum attention at all times.
Situated in South Devon on Teignmouth’s famous back beach off Northumberland Place we benefit from easy access to the sea, a beach launch site in a town centre.
All our instructors are experienced Industry Qualified and DBS Checked. With emphasis on learning, development and fun in a controlled and safe environment. All in an easily accessible and beautiful location.
All our staff are passionate about their own disciplines and enjoy working as a part of a fun and focused team. All Staff are mature and experienced, DBS checked and 1st aid qualified, as well as being governing body qualified.
We are Sue and Tim Cox and the team;
Tim – Centre Principal / Director
Tim has a shockingly long history working in the water sports industry – Windsurfing Advanced Plus instructor & Intermediate trainer, Senior Sailing instructor, Advanced Dinghy, Multi-hull & Keel Boat instructor and Coach/Assessor, Advanced Powerboat instructor, Powerboat trainer, Personal Watercraft instructor & trainer, 1st aid instructor, Sea Survival instructor, SRC assessor and centre inspector. (Also good at growing hair!)
Sue – Manager / Director
Sue has a long history of business, looks after the logistics, bookings, office & personnel side of things. Ensures that you, the customer are happy.
Sue is also a qualified BSUPA Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor & SRC Assessor, organises the ocean rowing courses. Oh yes and teaches windsurfing whenever possible.
Also likes to ask lots of questions!
Sam Chisholm – Centre Manager & Chief Instructor
RYA Sailing Senior Instructor, Powerboat Instructor, PWC Instructor, Windsurf Instructor and BSUPA Stand Up Paddleboard Coach. A sailing instructor with a degree in geography…runs the on water side of things and behind the scenes with Sue.. Spent a short amount of time working in France but for some reason prefers the UK.
Jamie Cruickshank – Chief Kayak Instructor
Level 2 Kayak coach. Jamie has come to us after spending a few seasons in Wales to head up the kayaking side of SeaSports. A keen paddler with a real love for Sea Kayaking he recently paddled from Illfracombe to Lundy Island and back.
Paul Simmons – Senior Instructor
Paul is a multi-talented instructor: RYA Senior Windsurf Instructor, RYA Intermediate Planing Windsurf Instructor, Powerboat Instructor and BSUPA Stand Up Paddle-board Coach. He also brings good will and plunder as our resident pirate captain!
Charlie Gilman – Instructor
RYA Intermediate Windsurfing Instructor, paddleboard coach. Charlie is back for his second season with us teaching windsurfing and SUPing and curly blond locks. He’s working towards becoming a Sailing and Powerboat instructor too.
Holly Griffin – Instructor
RYA Sailing Instructor. Holly is a fantastic addition to our team this year and one of the busiest people we know. Holly is splitting her time between us and working in London and when she’s not doing either of those she’s out racing in Yachts.
Stewart Taylor – Instructor
RYA Sailing Instructor, Powerboat instructor. Stewart joined us in 2016, and his real job is teaching ship stability. During the summer season he teaches proper sailing with us.
Thomas Hough – Instructor
RYA Sailing Instructor joining us again for the 2017 season. Studies Chemistry at uni when he’s not with us.
Joe Milburn – Instructor
RYA Sailing Instructor, powerboat instructor. Another new member of the team. From a multi activity background coming back early from the South of France to spend the summer in sunny Teignmouth. Knows his way around running shoes.
Pete Tollinton- Senior Instructor
RYA Advanced, Senior Sailing Instructor, powerboat instructor and kayak coach. Former full timer, Pete is currently serving in the Navy but comes and helps out occasionally. Pete has a history of running centres and working in France with Sam.
Gaz O’Brien – Senior Instructor
RYA Senior Sailing Instructor, Advanced powerboat instructor, Kayak coach. One of our freelance instructors that helps out with our sailing and kayaking lessons.
Sam Adams – Centre Assistant
AKA Little Sam. Sam is the youngest member of the team who came to us on work experience for college earlier in the year and ended up as our new assistant. Little Sam loves his paddlesports and is keen to get out on the water as much as possible.