Phil, 50, had completed nearly 34 years in the Royal Navy when he decided to seek a career in yachting, primarily as an Instructor. This is Phil's story.
After many years involved in engineering and management I didn't want a normal 9 to 5 job and decided to look for work involving sailing. I was persuaded to undertake the Yachtmaster Pro Traineeship with Flying Fish.
I had to be there!
Who could resist the opportunity to sail and train in Australia? I had to be there! Although I was the oldest on course this was never a problem and I have the photographs to prove it!
The sail training was first class and the venues, especially Sydney, were outstanding.
January on the Solent
After completing the Yachtmaster Passages and Skipper Training I returned to the UK in January to complete my Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor exams. This was a bit of a shock to the body as January on the Solent is very cold.
After completion of my training I left the Royal Navy and set myself up as a freelance Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor. Daunting it may have been, but it was made much easier owing to the Flying Fish training.
I must have impressed some of the employers with my sailing and teaching capabilities as I've been employed by several sailing schools in the South West, the best cruising area in the country.
During my first year I instructed Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses and Yachtmaster Prep weeks. I've also found work teaching the Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory courses.
I've also found time to complete my Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course and now I'm planning to undertake my qualifying Ocean passage next year.