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

Sue

Andy

Paul

Susan

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 Shorebased Navigation Instructor
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Diesel Engine Instructor
RYA Sea Survival 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

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!

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

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

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

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

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