Mike Coulson – Operations Director & Chief Instructor

Mike (shown here with British Powerboat Champion Shelley Jory-Leigh) – is the Chief Instructor of Aboard Boat Coaching and the Operations Director of the company. We were proud that Shelley asked us to teach her to berth her 50ft Sunseeker!

Mike has spent over 30 years on boats of various types and has been a Powerboat Instructor since 2008. He has formal teaching qualifications as an adult classroom trainer in addition to his boating qualifications and is a very calm and relaxed Instructor, he is absolutely meticulous for planning and attention to detail. Mike is a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) and passes on his skills as a classroom trainer to the other instructors during meetings and training days. Mike insists on professionalism during all training.

Mike is an RYA qualified Instructor for: Powerboat Courses including Advanced Powerboat, Safety Boat, PWC, First Aid, Diesel Engine & he is also a VHF Radio Instructor/Assessor and a Commercially Endorsed Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence holder.

Adrian Whyntie


Adrian has been an RYA freelance Powerboat Level 2 instructor for the last 5 years operating in the Solent area. A former Royal Navy officer he served for 30 years as an engineer serving on four Frigates and a variety of shore appointments including training young officers at Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth.

He started sailing and canoeing at an early age on the North Norfolk coast. He sailed for his university sailing team (Loughborough), and also was a member of the Royal Naval Dinghy Team until his kids came along. During his time in the Royal Navy he started yachting.

A member of Hill Head Sailing Club he volunteers for safety boat duties often. Adrian spent 10 years in Industry after leaving the RN and is now semi-retired. He keeps his motor cruiser at Universal Marina and enjoys boating on the Hamble and in the Solent.

David Ramos

This is David Ramos or Ramos as everyone calls him.

Ramos is a Powerboat Instructor and PWC (Jet Bike) Instructor teaches the level 2 RYA Powerboat Course and is also a Commercially endorsed Day Skipper. He is quite a Character and loved by everyone, he makes your day when you are low!

Ramos has been with us since he passed his Powerboat Instructor Course and owns a Charter Boat company called Charters Plus His own boat is a lovely 42ft Flybridge Cruiser that you can charter from us, or sleep on as its also a beds on board accommodation vessel.

We first met Ramos when Mike delivered his RYA First Aid Course and they been friends ever since. Ramos is a very experienced Instructor and skipper. He works Commercially on Ribs in addition to skippering his 42ft Sealine Ramosseas and playing around on his Personal Watercraft.

Amanda Bull

We first met Amanda when she attended an RYA Diesel engine Course run by Mike. Mike learnt only the previous day to the Course that she was in fact, Mike’s sons girlfriends Mum! Mike obviously was on his best behaviour that day!

Amanda completed more Courses with ABC and many other RYA and MCA Courses at other centres and locations before joining Aboard Boat Coaching when she became a Powerboat Instructor. Amanda teaches the Powerboat Level 2 Course for ABC and is also a keen Sailor and Dinghy and Safety boat Instructor. Amanda lives in Kent but loves to travel down to the Hamble and the waters she knows so well.

We are really pleased to have Amanda on the team, her knowledge is excellent.

Martin “Jack” Humphreys


Martin joined the Merchant Navy as a Navigation Deck officer at the age of 16 in 1976, he is a keen Sailor.

After qualifying with a 2nd Mates Foreign going certificate in 1979, he served a further 2.5 years as 3rd Mate before leaving to join the Metropolitan police.

During his 30 year police service, he took up yachting and became an Offshore Yachtmaster in 1990. Martin became an RYA Cruising and Shorebased instructor between 2008 and 2010. Martin runs our RYA Day Skipper Course and RYA Yachtmaster Course. Martin is a keen Sailor, but teaches our Navigational Courses for both Sail and Powerboat students alike. His feedback is excellent.

Apart from running RYA courses, he has delivered yachts in the UK and Europe and now works as a freelance Yachtmaster and Instructor both on the water and in the classroom.

Martin’s aims are to pass on some of his knowledge and skills to help others enjoy the sport and the recreational opportunities yachting provides.
ABC are lucky to have someone like Martin working for them and hope to use his skills more in the future.

Ritchie Southerton

Like Mike, Ritchie was a Police Officer and was attached to the Sussex Police Marine and Dive Unit.

Ritchie as you can see from the Photograph is an RNLI Volunteer and works on the Littlehampton Life-Boat. In addition to being a very calm and patient Instructor (mainly teaching for us on bigger boats, more than Ribs), Ritchie owns Ritchie Southerton Photography and is a Professional Drone Pilot. We are looking forward to making some quality film clips of our boats from the air!

Ritchie works for television companies including the big ones (BBC) etc, filming with his various drones and is a great Marine Photographer with a Camera.

Ritchie is no stranger to cold weather and also worked on the British Antarctic Survey, looking after their fleet of boats.

Ritchie is a huge asset to Aboard Boat Coaching, a very patient Instructor.

View our upcoming courses

We have 4 more Instructors that we can call on to run courses for us that are also part of the team who dont work for us as often as the Instructors above, some have their own training centres.

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