The Team

Poppy Burns

Chief 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, and exploring. She knows Polkerris like the back of her hand. Sailing since she was 7 and discovering paddle boarding at 11 she hasn’t looked back! At only 16, she became a BSUPA paddle board instructor, RYA assistant sailing instructor and powerboat driver. Poppy is now a Dinghy Instructor and runs our Sunday Sailors clubs. 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!

Craig Weeks

Senior 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!
August 9, 2022

Why dryrobe is Perfect For Outdoor Adventures

If you’re a swimmer, surfer, paddleboarder or someone who loves getting in the sea, then you will have come across dryrobe, the changing robe designed to let you change discreetly and warm up after getting out of the sea.
July 3, 2022

Working In Collaboration with RYST: 2021 Youth Sailing Review

An important aspect of the work we do at Polkerris is regular weekly sailing sessions with primary and secondary schools from around Cornwall, inspiring the younger generation to sail.
April 11, 2021

Swim Events Update 2021

Find out more about our 2021 swim events with the Mad Hatters.