Simon formerly managed the Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster programme for sail and motor vessels and the RYA navigation and safety courses. The RYA Yachtmaster programme encompasses 21 disciplines and involves the recognition of 1200 RYA training centres who issue a total of 70000 certificates a year and employ over 5000 instructors.
The role consisted of RYA Yachtmaster Instructor training worldwide, recognition of RYA Centres, designing recognition and instructional guidelines and ensuring standards were met. Because of this specialist knowledge he assisted other National Governing Bodies to design courses and develop their training programmes.
This experience has given an in-depth knowledge of Training Centre set-up, Instructor Training and also the MCA Codes of Practice for vessels up to 200 gt, especially Manning requirements and Safety Management Systems.
A former Technical Consultant for the marine press and technical writer for Yachting Monthly, Motor Boats Monthly, Sailing Today and Motor Boat and Yachting. He has authored the RYA Motor Cruising Handbook; the RYA Commercial Regulations for Small Vessels which accompanies the RYA PPR course; and the ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Cruising and Racing as well as editing many other technical books and articles.
In addition Simon teaches all levels of seamanship ashore and afloat and regularly skippers vessels of varying sizes.
He has a good background in Sea Survival Training and Lifesaving appliances. Training and assessing RYA Sea Survival Instructors as well as teaching Sea Survival courses. Simon has represented the UK and Europe on various committees on Safety Equipment design and use, as well as testing most of the current range of Lifesaving appliances both ashore and afloat.