About Us

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 organises training courses for leisure boaters and those seeking work within the recreational boating industry. Courses are run from Bitterne Park and in Dumbarton, 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.


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.


BECKY INNES (RYA Principal & Accounts Director)

Becky Innes

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 the 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 Sea Survival
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • HSE First Aid at Work

DOUG INNES (STCW Director & Senior Survival Instructor)

Doug Innes
Doug Innes

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 Advanced Powerboat Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA PWC Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Dinghy, Keel-boat & Multi-hull Trainer (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

NIKKI GANTER (Office Administrator & Course Advisor)

Nikki Ganter

Nikki has sailed most of her life. She is well versed in the maritime sector having previously worked for the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, two other large sea schools and a yacht charter company. Nikki will ensure your booking is straight forward and that you receive Joining Instructions and answers to any questions in a timely manor. She will take care of your certification while ensuring our office runs smoothly.

  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Customer Service Certificate
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA & HSE First Aid


ROD SMITH (Chief Instructor,  Scotland)

Know as the, “Sailing Scotsman,” Rod is a well known figure on the West coast. He spent many years as a Senior member of the team at the Scottish National Watersports Centre and now conducts a considerable amount of Instructor Training and Yachtmaster exams for the RYA. 

  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner
  • RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA PWC Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Dinghy Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Keelboat Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA First Aid Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Diesel Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA Radar Trainer (trains other instructors)
  • RYA SRC Instructor / Assessor
  • RYA Sea Survival Instructor
  • RYA Centre Inspector

BRIAN CLOUGH (Chief Powerboat Instructor,  Southampton)

Brian Clough
Brian Clough

Brian has been around boats for more years than he cares to remember. He has sailed most of the waters around the UK, with numerous cross channel trips and transited the great lakes NW to SE. As an avid Scuba Diver, he has been around RIBs for over 30 years and has dived The Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

He enjoyed  a 38-year career with the MOD as an electronic engineer and is now 20+ years into a second career as a Powerboat Instructor, Principal and Chief Instructor. He previously owned and ran his own RYA & BSAC training centre, until the premises were re purposed.

  • RYA Powerboat Advanced Instructor
  • RYA SRC Instructor / Assessor
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat COC
  • RYA Safety-boat
  • BSAC Seamanship Instructor
  • RYA Sea survival
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Sail
  • BSAC Seamanship Instructor
  • BSAC Diver Coxswain
  • BSAC Oxygen Administrator

RAY SCOTT (Senior Engineering Instructor)

Ray Scott
Ray Scott

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) 
  • RYA PWC (jet ski) Trainer (retired)
  • RYA SRC Instructor / Assessor
  • RYA Radar Instructor
  • RYA Diesel Instructor
  • MCA Approved Engine Instructor
  • Lifeboat Cox’n

MATT BLAND (Radar Instructor)

Matt Bland
Matt Bland

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 (Ocean Navigation Instructor)

Nigel Rennie
Nigel Rennie

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 Education Instructor & 12 Volt Instructor)

Carl Bowen-Brown
Carl Bowen-Brown

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. IN between skippering he trained as a teacher and worked for some time as a A level Physics teacher, he know heads up our Education & Training Dept (teacher training).

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 Glover

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 Trainer
  • RYA Keel Boat Trainer
  • 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

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.

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