Meet The Team
Managing Director | UK
Andy started sailing and windsurfing at an early age. Andy became a Mechanical Engineer before moving into the water sports industry, qualifying as a Windsurfing Instructor in 1994. Andy qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster in 1997, worked in the Mediterranean before joining Flying Fish in 2000 as a Yachtmaster Instructor spending six happy years down under running Yachtmaster training programmes. Andy became a RYA Yachtmaster Examiner and lives in Cowes where Flying Fish HQ is based. Andy is a keen windsurfer and sailor and has competed in many of the worlds offshore races.
Company Manager | UK
Laura has worked for Flying Fish for 16 years, if you have ever called our office then you would have spoken to Laura. Laura has excellent product knowledge, she has worked at our training locations in Greece and Australia so has a very good idea of what to expect. Laura also heads up our operations team so has an active role in UK training activities. Laura says ” I have seen many people achieve their goal over the last 16 years, from managing water sports centre’s to running large Superyachts, she says “the best part of my job is when I hear a customer lands their first job”
Training Adviser | UK
Gemma has been with Flying Fish for 12 years, she advises customers on all aspects of Water sports, Yachting or Superyachts training programmes. Like Laura, Gemma has been to Australia and Greece so has a great knowledge of the training locations so can speak from experience. Gemma helps with all overseas travel arrangement’s making sure Flying Fish students arrive at their destination and helps to ensure customers have the best time ever.
Training Adviser/Operations Coordinator | UK
Laura is the newest member of the team in Cowes. Laura will help you find your feet and make sure you have everything you need for your course. Laura’s passion is English Literature so if you’re looking for someone to proofread your CV then Laura is the one to help you.
Marketing | UK
Martin is a marketing and digital professional with over 20 years of experience in digital marketing, his experience has been gained from advising global brands. Martin’s skill set ranges from e-commerce platform management, to digital marketing and video production. Martin runs an online sports retail business as well as taking care of Flying Fish – busy guy!
STCW Instructor | UK
Mark joined Flying Fish in the summer of 2016.
Simona Maria Standing
Superyacht Stewardess Instructor | UK
Simona has worked in the superyacht industry for over 7 years. It was her dream come true, travelling around the world, meeting and making great friends and seeing some amazing places. During her career she has encountered every possible issue that arises as professional crew on a superyacht. During her time on superyachts Simona has circumnavigated the globe. Simona left the industry to have a family and now teaches others how to start a successful career on a Superyacht. We are proud to have her working in our team.
Operations Manager | Greece
Adam (aka Chubsey) began his water sports career at a young age and has worked in many locations in Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. Adam has spent his last two winters working for Richard Branson on his private island in the Caribbean. Adam heads up all waters sports training in Greece for Flying Fish, a perfect job for somebody who loves windsurfing. Adam isholds his Yachtmaster Offshore and his Advanced Windsurfing insturctor and RYA examiner. During the winter you will find Adam in Australia working at Flying Fish’s winter training location in Sydney
Watersports Instructor/Trainer | Greece
James took a while to discover his love for the water after starting life as a potwash boy, but after 13 years of working overseas, he is now a keen waterman. He specialises in windsurfing, which has seen him travel the globe chasing both waves and flat water, as well as progressing to an RYA Windsurf Trainer. Having studied at the University of Life for so long, he decided to head back to the UK to train as a teacher. He is now studying Coaching Theory at Chichester University. This has allowed him to take his coaching to the next level. He is excited to be in Vass this summer, putting his knowledge into action in our stunning outdoor classroom.
Watersports Instructor/Trainer | Greece
Jake began his water sports career on a small lake at the age of 16. Since then his profession has allowed him to work all over the world. Jake is big into Windsurfing, Dinghy sailing and Surfing, and likes his fitness – he has no problem leading fitness sessions as part of the Flying Fish courses. With a wide range of experience in instructor training, Jake has returned to the top gun centre that is Flying Fish Greece for his 3rd season. He has lots of knowledge and experience and is passionate about helping people into the industry. “I have been lucky enough to work all over the world in some fantastic places! This industry opens a lot of doors for people and can lead them down paths they never knew existed, giving them amazing experiences along the way. I love my job and getting people started on that path.”
George Scuby Kyriakos
Diving Instructor Trainer – Greece
George has been diving for over 30 years in a range of locations including Egypt, Cuba and Mexico, as well as his home country of Greece. He is an experienced, passionate Instructor and always has a joke and a smile. He has trained many Divemasters and has often employed them to work in his two Dive Centres afterwards.
Reception Manager – Greece
Rachel has lived in Vassiliki for many years; working at Club Vass before joining Nautilus Diving Club. Rachel controls the bookings and the office, meets and greets the divers and is always available for a chat! She is also known as the Flying Fish Agony Aunt.
She loves Caramac chocolate, which you can’t get in Greece… hint hint!
Managing Director | Owner Flying Fish Sailing Academy
Andy began his working life as an oceanographer, in an attempt to find a career path that would get him out on the water. He soon decided this wasn’t enough fun and he gave it up to work as a sailing and windsurfing instructor in the UK. Shortly afterwards he met Andrew Lorant and they started to develop the Flying Fish concept of vocational sports training in the world’s best locations. The first trip was to Barbados, to run a windsurfing instructor course. Today he oversees Flying Fish Sailing Acadmy. Andy has a lifetime of experience as a water sports trainer and many thousands of miles logged sailing offshore. He still spends plenty of time each year out on the water, training instructors or skippering yachts. His favourite sports are windsurfing, surfing and offshore racing. “But,” he says, “any time I spend working on the water is a privilege and definitely good for the soul.”
Operations Director | Australia
After 10 years in the London design industry, Russell decided to take a career break. He says “I decided to trade the material comforts of mainstream life for the opportunity to acquire skills that would stay with me for life.” So, Russell joined Flying Fish to do a windsurf instructor traineeship in Vassiliki, Greece. He then spent time as an instructor in Greece and Spain before returning to Flying Fish to work as an Instructor Trainer. Several years on Russell is Operations Director for Flying Fish Australia. He spends most of his year managing windsurfing, surfing and dinghy sailing in Sydney, where he takes an active part in training instructors. He is an RYA Windsurfing Trainer and Advanced Instructor, Dinghy Coach Assessor and Senior Instructor and a Power Boat Instructor. Occasionally he can be found in the role of Yacht Instructor in Sydney Harbour. With the arrival of the Australian winter in May, Russell heads for Europe to join the Fish staff in Greece.