Mike Coulson – Director & Principal

RYA Powerboat training coach Mike Coulson

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

Mike has spent over 40 years on boats of various types and has been an RYA Instructor since 2007. 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, insisting his Instructors do things properly.

Mike teaches Powerboat Courses including Advanced Powerboat, Safety Boat, PWC, First Aid, Diesel Engine & he is also a VHF Radio Instructor/Assessor.

Alex Stypulkowski

This is Alex.

Alex is a great asset to ABC, he is an RYA training centre Examiner, an RYA Powerboat Trainer/Examiner & Yachtmaster Examiner.

He is a Commercial skipper up to 200 gross tonnes (hopefully soon 400) and a Coxswain of the Hamble Life-Boat. He has a multitude of MCA and RYA qualifications, too numerous to list.

Having a degree in Meteorology, he is also not bad about understanding the weather !!

We are very pleased Alex has agreed to be part of our team. Both Mike and Alex have known each other for many years since the Olympics in 2012 where they both worked on the water together at Weymouth.

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 Yacht Master. 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.

We first met Ramos when Mike delivered his RYA First Aid Course at another training centre 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 skippering.

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! She is to be Mike’s son’s Mother in Law, July 2023.

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, First Aid at Work, RYA First Aid and the SRC (VHF) Course. She is also a keen Sailor and Dinghy and Safety boat Instructor. Amanda promotes female Sailing whenever she can and is a member of Sussex Yacht Club Women’s Team.

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 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.

Chas Le Marchant

RYA powerboat training

In addition to being a very keen Sailor, Chas is one of our Powerboat Instructors.

He is also very keen on skippering yachts and catamarans, both here in the UK and abroad.

Chas is Commercially endorsed for Yachtmaster and Advanced Powerboat, loves instructing and the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with others, believing firmly in the principle that if you are having fun, you will learn more!

When not on the water, Chas is flying jets long haul, as a British Airways Captain on the Dreamliner. He is also a very nice gentleman.

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.

Select a course that best suits your requirements and easily book online. Just click on the button below to get started.

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