Meet the Team

 

We have a unique team of watersport experts and enthusiasts with proven experience in training and teaching. Our mission is to keep you safe on the water, teach you how to become a better sailor, windsurfer, stand up paddle boarder or powerboat driver.

Most of all, though we aim to have as much fun as possible on the water!

Craig Weeks

Chief Instructor


Craig is an ultimate all round sportsman! He learnt to windsurf on a small lake in East Sussex and has been hooked ever since! He became an instructor in windsurfing and sailing the following year and has continued to develop ever since. He has spent the last 5 years working in a number of centers across Greece, Turkey and Australia and is now enjoying exploring the seas closer to home, as well as getting more use out of his winter wetsuit! Always keen to learn he is also a highly qualified paddle boarding and power boat instructor. Teaching has become a real passion for Craig and he loves to see people get out on the water and learn new skills. Through the winter you'll find him shredding the park on his snowboard!

Simon McEvoy

Senior Instructor


An avid sailor, Simon has been an instructor for over 10 years, has completed a number of single-handed sailing challenges and has his own wayfarer. He believes deeply in the joy of sailing and enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to others so they too can discover the fun of sailing. He has sailed a variety of dinghies & yachts, and has sound experience of dinghy day sailing and racing. He and his wife moved to Cornwall in December 2016 to be near to their Grandchildren, she is also a sailing instructor as were both of their sons. They all started sailing in 1990 and Simon became an instructor in 1996. He has taught sailing and powerboating in various locations around the UK and was the Training Officer for the UK Wayfarer Association for 3 years.

Sophie Reid

Instructor


Sophie fell in love with windsurfing after watching a windsurfer at Polkerris Beach many years ago, and was hooked after her first taster session. After joining her university windsurfing society, she spent as much time as she could windsurfing and developing her skills. Since then, Sophie has also taken up paddleboarding and sailing. Her love of being outdoors and on the water encouraged her to become an instructor. She completed her instructor training at UKSA, on the Isle of Wight, and spent the summer working there, gaining a wide range of experience. She loves inspiring newcomers to get out on the water.

Grant Bartlett

Instructor


Grant has been in the fitness industry for 10 years. He was introduced to stand up paddleboarding and immediately fell in love with it. This prompted him to train to BSUPA Level 2 Instructor, which includes Racing and Touring. He is passionate about the benefits of SUP as a fitness tool and enjoys being out on the water and encouraging others to grab a board to experience it for themselves, whether it’s for the first time or to enhance their existing skills. Long distance paddling and racing are his forte and he's had a few podium finishes. Although he still enjoys a slow sociable paddle, taking in the scenery.

Jess Ball

Instructor


Jess grew up living on the South coast of Cornwall where she spent much of her time snorkelling, canoeing and power boating . She first learnt to sail at Polkerris during a primary school trip and completed her first scuba dive when she was just 9 years old. Since then her passion for watersports has grown and grown, she qualified as an Open water diver in 2016 and her favourite dive spot is Porthkerris on the Lizard. Her love for water sports led her to joined Falmouth Marine School where she completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Outdoor Adventure. She is a Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor and her passion for teaching watersports and getting out with others on the water around the coast where she grew up shines through during every lesson she teaches.

Poppy Burns

Instructor


Poppy is the ultimate Polkerris local! She has hundreds of hours experience on the waters of St. Austell Bay; sailing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, exploring, you name it, she knows Polkerris like the back of her hand. She has been sailing since she was 7 years old and discovered paddle boarding when she was 11, she hasn’t looked back! At only 16, she is already a BSUPA paddle board instructor, RYA assistant sailing instructor and powerboat driver. Being one of Polkerris’ longest standing crew members, not only is Poppy a fantastic at teaching Sailing, she can also make a mean hot chocolate! If she’s not at work, you’ll find her paddle boarding in the bay, surfing over at Fistral or taking her pico for a spin; it’s safe to say she is a watersports enthusiast!
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