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 Carruthers

Director / RYA Principal
Powerboat Chief Instructor

Euan has over 13 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 powerboating and motor cruising to individuals and commercial companies such as fish farms, marina staff, police, ferry skippers and windfarm support companies. 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.

His current qualifications include:

RYA Powerboat Instructor Trainer
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Power)
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail)
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power)
RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail)
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Sea Survival Instructor
RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor
RYA PPR Instructor
RYA SRC VHF Assessor

Sue Dinsmore

Office Manager

Sue is the Office Manager for You & Sea, and for many, will be the first point of contact. She can be found in the office from 9am-4pm from Monday – Thursday and from 9am-12noon Friday, though she may answer the phone at other times too. She is friendly and approachable and always happy to help.

Originally from Lancashire, she is now happily settled on the west coast of Scotland. She has many years experience in sales, marketing, accounting and administration, and although new to the marine industry, she is learning fast!

Nick Wilson

Powerboat Instructor & Skipper

Nick has been involved with boats and water for all of his working life. He has worked for five years as charter skipper for Loch Lomond Leisure, was charter skipper for the Scottish Maritime Sailing Trust for one year, and Dock Master at Rhu Marina for two years.

His current qualifications include:

RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
Advanced Powerboat Commercial Quaification
RYA VHF Instructor
Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
Radar Operator

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 Shorebased Navigation Instructor
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Cruising Instructor (Power)
RYA VHF Instructor
RYA PPR Instructor
RYA First Aid Instructor

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

Susan Hendry

Powerboat Instructor & Skipper

Susan was born and brought up in Helensburgh and has been sailing as long as she can remember. She was one of our original instructors when the company formed and is a valued member of the team. She is a qualified nurse, a mother of three and, and until recently a member of the local lifeboat crew. She is experienced in both helming and crewing powerboats and yachts in all kinds of sea conditions.

Her love of the sea and her experience as an RNLI volunteer inspired her to become an RYA instructor so that she could teach people to go out and enjoy the water safely and confidently.

Her qualifications include:

RYA First Aid Instructor
RYA Powerboat Instructor
RYA Advanced Powerboat Driver
RYA Yachtmaster Theory

Chrisy Southgate

First Aid Instructor

Chrisy has been a qualified first aid instructor since 2007 and now teaches a wide variety of first aid at all levels.  As well as boaters, her students include GPs, new mothers, and work place first aiders .

Chrisy has been a ‘live-aboard’ on the inland waterways for many years in both England and Scotland and has experience of a wide range of vessels, from sailing yachts to narrow boats and wide beams, including delivering canal boats, vessel maintenance and even the design of her own vessel ‘Indi’, which doubles as her home.

In addition to her long list of First Aid qualifications, she is also qualified as an RYA Helmsman Instructor, RYA Powerboat 2 commercially endorsed, and RYA SRC Assessor.

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.