Our team members have over forty years of teaching experience between them, so you can be confident you’re in good hands. Working with individual customers and commercial organisations, our number one priority is meeting – and exceeding – customer needs. We are committed to the highest level of customer service from the initial point of contact to completion of your time with us.

Euan

Nathalie

Andy

Paul

Daniel

Catherine

Lesley

Freelance

Euan Carruthers

Director / RYA Principal
Chief Instructor

Euan has over 15 years of teaching experience and has taught in a wide variety of countries including Australia, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Tenerife and Nigeria. Since late 2011 he has been back in the UK teaching all levels of  RYA training from Start Yachting to Advanced Powerboat to Yachtmaster Offshore. When he is not out teaching on the water, he can be found teaching shorebased navigation and radio courses to all levels of students from those just starting to those building up to their RYA Yachtmaster Exam. Euan has a calm and relaxed teaching manner which readily builds confidence in his students. Euan also runs all the instructor training, delivering regular training at our base in Rhu.

His current qualifications include:

RYA Powerboat Instructor Trainer
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power)
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail)
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
RYA Sea Survival Instructor
RYA Navigation Instructor
RYA SRC VHF Assessor
RYA Radar Instructor
RYA PPR Instructor
MCA Approved Stability course
SQA Use of Radar and Electronic Chart Systems in Code Vessels

Nathalie Carruthers

Operations Director

Nathalie has a background in watersports instructing having worked as a Windsurf Instructor in Greece for Neilson. She is responsible for the running of our office, liaising with the staff as to the courses they are teaching, course bookings and paperwork and marketing.

The last few years has seen a career change from the waterports industry to working for Axa Insurance where here media and creativity skills were put to a good test running a contact centre operations team.

RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Day Skipper Theory

Andy Greer

Motor Instructor / Skipper

Andy has been involved with the water as far back as he can recall. He started his working career in the commercial sector managing and skippering crew transfer vessels, safety boats and line handlers. More recently, after a change of scenery; now works as a marina operative. When he isn’t instructing; he can be found sailing yachts or helming the Queensferry Lifeboat.

His current qualifications include:

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power)
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power)
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Navigation Instructor
RYA First Aid Instructor
RYA VHF Instructor
RYA PPR Instructor

Paul Mills

Sail & Powerboat Instructor

Paul first started sailing at 13, and enjoyed both dinghies, kayak and windsurfing instructing. During College and beyond Paul had 4 years working for Sunsail, chiefly in the Solent and Greece. This was followed by  setting up his own sailing school in Menorca and then a spot of traditional boat sailing with the ICC .His professional career involved teaching and training – and running a therapeutic foster care agency.  Paul has sailed about 40,000 miles between Portugal and Scotland, and loves exploring beautiful coastlines, often working with groups of teenagers on his own 40′ charter boat. He currently teaches Maritime Studies, part time, at Argyll College – between spells at other training centres.  In his free time Paul loves spending time with his boys in the outdoors, and undertaking off road expeditions to remote corners of the globe.

RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA SRC Assessor
RYA First Aid Instructor
RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail)
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
RYA Diesel Engine Instructor

Daniel Mellor

Instructor / Skipper

Dan grew up on the water with powerboats and fishing boats from a young age in Cape Town getting his first official licence at 15. 10 years later, Dan has taken what was a leisurely weekend out on the water and made it a career. Starting off in Cape Town doing his courses, he then set off to the Mediterranean where he worked on various superyachts ranging from 25 – 85m, initially as a Deckhand and eventually as Mate driving a range of powerboats and tenders.

He later decided to move relocate to Scotland to embark on a career as an RYA Powerboat Instructor and skipper. After a few more years, he decided to return to South Africa to sail where he completed his Yachtmaster Offshore Sail qualification followed by his RYA Cruising Instructor. He is now back on the Clyde working hard as a skipper and instructor.

RYA Powerboat Instructor
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail & Power)

Catherine Allison

Sail & Shorebased Navigation Instructor

Catherine grew up sailing traditional yachts on the Clyde. Since abandoning a career in architecture, she has sailed and taught around the world including the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, the Mediterranean and Red seas, and across the Atlantic. She is very glad to be home again.

Her qualifications include:

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail)
RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor

Lesley Carruthers

Founding Director

Lesley has many years of experience on boats of all sizes, ranging from Laser dinghies and high performance RIBs to large power and sailing cruisers. She is currently responsible for all of You & Sea’s marketing and accounts.

Freelance Instructors

We are very particular about who trains our customers. We have a core team of experienced instructors that deliver the majority of our courses and we have an equally experienced team of freelance instructors that we can call on when during our busy periods.

Robert Mutlow:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail & Power)
  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Sail)
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA Shorebased Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor

Derek Grier:

  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor

Stewart Griffiths:

  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA Shorebased Instructor
  • RYA First Aid Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor

Sam Paterson:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Sail)
  • RYA Shorebased Instructor

Nick Wilson:

  • RYA Advanced Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor.

Chrisy Southgate:

  • RYA First Aid Instructor
  • MCA STCW F/A Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor