Chieftain Training is a trading name/brand used by two separate Not For Profit organisations, Southampton Boat Club Ltd. and STCW Ltd.
Southampton Boat Club has existed informally for a couple of decades and was originally a small group of local sailors and power boaters. In 2018 the members formalised their group’s status into a Limited Company. The Club organise training courses for those seeking work within the recreational boating industry. Courses are run from Bitterne Park and in Dunbarton, Scotland.
STCW Ltd. is a new training centre and focuses on the provision of training for commercial seafarers. Courses are run from Willments Shipyard.
Neither organisation has any share holders. Any profit we make is ploughed back into the organisations to ensure we continue working towards our key objectives.
OUR KEY OBJECTIVES
1/. To provide high quality vocational training for those wishing to pursue a career in the marine industry.
2/. To facilitate participation in the sports of sailing, yachting, jet skiing, sub-aqua, water skiing, ocean rowing and angling by the provision of moorings, equipment storage, changing facilities, refereeing, judging, training and coaching.
3/. To support lifeboat charities whose primary objective is to prevent loss of life at sea.
MEET OUR STAFF TEAM
DOUG INNES (Senior Sea Survival & First Aid Instructor)
Doug has sailed all his life and holds a BA (honors.) in Maritime Leisure Management. He has sailed for 4 decades, been a full-time Instructor for nearly 3 decades and a powerboat owner for nearly two decades. He has been a Skipper since the 90s and was one of the first Master 200 (tonnes) in the UK. Yachting wise his race wins include the RORC series, Round Britain & Ireland Race, Cowes to Cascais Race, Antigua Week, Round Barbados Race and many other international events and regattas. He has raced Trans Atlantic twice (2nd and 4th place). Days off are spent either racing an SB20 performance keel-boat with friends or taking his children power-boating and/or dinghy sailing. Doug is our Marketing Director and he delivers many of our courses.
- MCA Master 200 & OOW 500
- RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor (motor & sail)
- RYA Powerboat & PWC Trainer (trains other Instructors)
- RYA Dinghy, Keel-boat & Multi-hull Coach Assessor (trains other Instructors)
- RYA Sail Foiling & Windsurfing Instructor
- RYA Sea Survival & Offshore Safety Instructor
- RYA Radar & Diesel Instructor
- RYA & HSE First Aid Instructor
- RYA SRC Instructor/Assessor
- MT Rock Climbing Instructor (SPA)
- PADI Dive Master
NORBET MARIN- OSTERMANN (Quality Assurance Manager & HR Manager)
New to the team in January 2021, Norbert has a long background in the marine industry. He spent 11 years at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), now World Sailing as a Technical Specialist and was responsible for the International Class Associations including the Olympic and Paralympic classes. His role included management and interpretations of class rules, changes in manufacturing specifications, changes in design and many other related engineering and commercial aspects for these classes.
He was also heavily involved with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) were he used to monitor the development of International regulations affecting the sport of sailing. Prior to World Sailing he worked for Marina Marbella (largest yacht dealership in Spain) as Compliance Engineer and for Camper & Nicholsons as boat builder. In his free times, Norbert sails, cycles and swims.
- Master Degree in Ship Science (Yacht & Small Craft)
- BSc Marine Engineering
- Sustainability in the Marine and Boat Industry
- RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
- RYA Short Range Certificate
- RYA Diesel
- Project management (PRINCE 2)
- ISAf Offshore Survival
RAY SCOTT (Senior Diesel & Outboard Instructor)
Following a life time of working in and around boats, Ray has a vast wealth of experience. His previous career was in the MOD police (but we don’t hold that against him!) where he worked both as an Engine Technician and Boat Handling Instructor. Upon retiring from the force in 2004, Ray become a freelance Instructor working with a few centres and also worked for the RYA as a Yachtmaster Examiner. Ray is our lead Diesel and Outboard Instructor and teaches many other RYA and MCA courses. He is also a retired volunteer Lifeboat Cox’n from the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, something we give him a lot of well deserved respect for. As a lifeboat Cox’n he was on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and responsible for the lifeboat, his crew and everyone they rescued. The service receives no funding from the RNLI or the government and it is manned entirely by volunteers like Ray.
- RYA Yachtmaster Examiner
- RYA Yachtmaster Navigation Instructor
- RYA Yachtmaster Power Instructor (retired)
- RYA Powerboat Trainer (retired) (a Trainer trains other Instructors)
- RYA PWC (jet ski) Trainer (retired)(a Trainer trains other Instructors)
- RYA SRC Instructor / Assessor
- RYA Radar Instructor
- RYA Diesel Instructor
- MCA Approved Engine Instructor
- Lifeboat Cox’n
MATT BLAND (Senior Radar Instructor)
Matt started dinghy sailing, inland, at a young age, and continued into yacht racing and offshore sailing after moving to the coast to study. He spent some time in a sail training role on tall ships and taught yachting for several years. His main job however was as a Master in the Merchant Navy. Following a 17-year seagoing career he accepted a shorebased position with a local shipping company. His full-time job is now in marine compliance and safety and he works part-time for us as required.
- STCW Master (Unlimited)
- Nautical Institute Marine Incident Investigator
- Nautical Institute Navigation Assessor
- STCW Ship / Company Security Officer
- Designated Person Ashore
- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC
- RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructor
- RYA Radar Instructor
- SRC Instructor / Assessor
- STCW Medical First Aid & Medical Care Aboard Ship
- STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
- STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
- RYA Powerboat Level 2
NIGEL RENNIE (Senior Ocean/Astro Instructor)
Nigel had a distinguished 26-year career in the British Army, serving as a Sergeant Major in the the Royal Engineers (REME). During that time he became a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and when he stepped onto “civvie street” he became a full time professional yachtsmen. He is a well know and long standing Examiner and he has volunteered for many years at his local sailing club were he is the Rear Commodore (Sailing). He is the Race Officer for the Warsash Spring Series, one of the biggest yacht race series in the UK and he teaches the majority of our Ocean and astro courses as well as helping with the World Sailing Offshore Survival courses.
- RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Examiner
- RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor
- World Sailing Offshore Survival Instructor
- RYA Race Officer
CARL BRYAN-BROWN (Senior 12 Volt Instructor)
Carl has skippered everything from an Optimist dinghy to a 80′ maxi yacht, he has sailed through blue water paradises, hurricanes and pirate attacks. He has completed a round the world circumnavigation and skippered over twenty Trans Pacific and Trans Atlantic crossings, (including 1 solo Atlantic crossing). He has raced in the Sydney Hobart, several Fastnets and placed 2nd in the Round the Island Race. He became a Yachtmaster Instructor in 1996 around the same time he managed and skippered Creighton’s Naturally (world famous 80′ Whitbread Round the World Yacht). He has logged over 150,000 miles and has managed and re wired dozens of yachts from 35-80 feet. He now works offshore on rotation so has a three weeks with us, then three weeks on the wind farm and so on.
Quote, “I have life long interest in team building and personal development. I encourage students to sail, not just for recreation but for transformation.”
- RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor (power & sail)
- RYA Powerboat Instructor
- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC (power & sail)
- Degree in Applied Physics
- A-Level Physics Teacher
- A-Level Physics Examiner
- Round the World Skipper
GARETH GLOVER (Navigation, Safety & VHF Instructor)
Gareth has been in the yachting and watersports industry full-time since the middle of the nineties. He was the former Chief Instructor at a Brighton based RYA Centre and is also an RYA Centre Inspector. In 2011, he was selected by Clipper Ventures to skipper “New York” in the Round the World Race 2011/12. After 42,000 miles and a year away, he returned to the UK, but soon had itchy feet. He was again selected to skipper the Round the World Race, this time on Qingdao. Asides from his RTW skippering he is a Powerboat Instructor, and a RYA Coach Assessor (i.e. he trains other Keelboat and Dinghy Instructors). He has operated races yachts on boat sides of the Atlantic. Whether teaching navigation, VHF Radio or Sea Survival with us his examples are from true experience gained from many years at sea.
- RYA Yachtmaster Sail Instructor
- RYA Yachtmaster Motor Instructor
- MCA Yachtmaster Ocean CoC
- RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor
- RYA Keel Boat Coach Assessor
- RYA Powerboat Advanced Instructor
- RYA Sea Survival and Offshore Safety Instructor
- RYA SRC Instructor/Assessor
- MCA STCW Medical First Aid & Medical Care Aboard Ship
- Twice, Round the World Race Skipper
BECKY INNES (Principal & Accounts Director)
Becky is the most organised amongst us and keeps us all in check. Since 2007, she he has worked on the management team of three RYA Training Centres. Prior to that she was with the RYA (within both, their racing and dispatch departments). She has also worked for the SB20 Class Association and at a busy local sailing Club. Becky is a yacht sailor and a scuba diver. She has raced in RORC, Cowes Week, Barbados and Antigua and extensively cruised the South Coast of England, Scilly Isles, Channel Islands, Caribbean, Greece and Turkey. She has scuba dived as far afield as Egypt, Jordan, and Mexico and she likes to travel.
- RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
- RYA Day Skipper Sail
- RYA Dinghy Level 1 & 2
- RYA SRC
- RYA Sea Survival
- PADI Advanced Open Water
- HSE First Aid at Work
INDIA & JULIET (Chief Scroungers)
India and/or Juliet will often greet you on arrival at the centre. They have both sat in on many of our courses and by now they should both have mastered the sextant, diesel engine maintenance, life raft use and basic life support.