Ian started his life on the water at the ripe age of 12, building a GRP kayak at school before buying a small fibre glass boat to go fishing on the river in Bristol, his home town.
At 16 he started an apprenticeship as a diesel engineer and started his own business at 19 working on marine engines. Ian’s expertise in marine engineering has taken him onto anti-piracy patrols around the world and mine clearance operations in the seas off of Iraq.
For the past ten years Ian worked as coxswain / manager on board a research ship travelling the world, from the North Pole to the Southern Ocean, in charge of fast rescue craft and work boats.
Qualifying as a YM instructor a number of years ago, Ian has worked for many of the top sea schools and training establishments in the UK and is now in the role of chief instructor at Aigua Sea School.
Ian lives with his dog Nelson on a 50 foot steel sailing yacht.