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Mike Coulson – Operations Director & Chief Instuctor

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Mike is the Chief Instructor of Aboard Boat Coaching and the Operations Director of the company.

He 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.

When working as a Freelance Instructor part time, he decided to go into business with John Abel the Principal of Aboard Boat Coaching, who is also the Finance Director. He waited until he retired from the Police Service to fulfil his dream of running a Powerboat School.

Mike is an RYA qualified Instructor for: Powerboat Courses, Safety Boat, PWC, First Aid, Diesel Engine & he is also a VHF Radio Instructor/Assessor.

Marine Policing & Waterborne Security:

Mike started his working career as a mechanic for Caterpillar and worked on marine engines on the river Tyne on various vessels including RNLI boats, Fishing Boats and Sunseeker yachts. He then completed a full career in the Police service and was also a trained Police Marine Coxswain. He worked with body recovery dogs on rivers and lakes and set up Project Kraken on the river Thames working closely with the Metropolitan Police – Marine Policing Unit, based at Wapping.

He has been trained by Dorset Police and the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) as a Police RIB coxswain and as such is confident in boat handing of RIBs under dynamic and hostile situations. He is experienced in high speed crew transfer / boarding techniques and the implementation of a wide range of tactical options.

Mike worked as a Police RIB Coxswain throughout the 2012 Olympic Games in the Weymouth & Portland areas and the 2013 G8 Summit at Loch Erne in Northern Ireland, two of the biggest Police Marine deployments ever instigated. He was also trained as a deputy Harbour Master for the period of the Olympic and Paralympic games.

ABC can offer bespoke training for pacing and boarding techniques, or other more advanced boat tactics for the professional customer.

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 in 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. 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.

Alex Stypulkowski


We first met Alex back in 2012 at the Olympic Games in Weymouth, where both Mike (Director) and Alex were part of the Olympic security team, based at Portland during the Sailing events.

Alex is Mr (how many more qualifications can you get)! He is our most qualified Instructor!

He is a Powerboat Trainer, Examiner & Instructor teaching all levels of the RYA Powerboat scheme from introductory courses through to preparing potential advanced exam candidates for assessment, conducting assessments and also training new instructors and advanced instructors.

Alex is an RYA Training centre Inspector and is involved in ensuring that RYA centres come up to scratch and do things correctly. As you would expect, Alex has very high standards for himself which you have to have really when you are telling others how to do it yourself. We are very pleased to have Alex on our team as he has given much advice to us in that respect.

He has run numerous bespoke courses including Channel crossings and exam-prep packages on both hard boats and RIBs and PWC training on Superyachts.

He has 15 years experience of delivering RYA powerboat tuition and is highly proficient in the delivery of the complete range of RYA training.

Alex holds the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (power), RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (sail) and RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificates of Competence with the relevant supporting medical clearance (ENG1 & ML5), VHF licence, sea survival, RYA PPR Course and first aid qualification to allow commercial use until 2021.

He has skippered Rib experiences, press boats for sailing events and is a crew member of the Hamble Lifeboat, having formally been a Coxswain on the Gosport Lifeboat and RNLI crew member at Portsmouth.

In addition to being an RYA examiner, he is an RYA qualified event safety officer.

Beth Jones

We were delighted when Beth expressed an interest to become part of the team, she is a Powerboat Instructor (PBI) who holds a Coastal Yachtmaster theory qualification and Beth is also a sailor!

Beth is one of two female Instructors on the team at present and if you would like an all female course (including the instructor) for whatever reason, we can accommodate that with Beth (or Amanda), Beth works mostly weekends.

Beth has helped us early on with advice setting up our web-site and we are very grateful to her for the initial advice she has provided and of course we are very pleased with our web-site design and the finished product.

We welcome Beth with open arms to our team of Instructors.

Martin “Jack” Humphreys


Jack joined the Merchant Navy as a Navigation Deck officer at the age of 16 in 1976.

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 was an Offshore Yachtmaster in 1990. Jack became an RYA Cruising and Shorebased instructor between 2008 and 2010.
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.

Jacks 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 Jack working for them and hope to use his skills more in the future.

Jon Tricker


We were approached by Jon who expressed an interest to work for us when Mike met him at another training centre. There was from the get go a mutual competitive spirit between the two in relation to First Aid CPR techniques, (tested on an electronic training simulator). It would be unfair to state who got the higher percentage mark, but Jon or Mike still owes the other a quid!

Jon is a commercially endorsed advanced powerboat certificate holder and a Powerboat and Safety Boat Instructor. He has qualified to be an RYA First Aid Instructor and we look forward to Jon getting involved with us.

Jon is a confident, relaxed Instructor who is calm and patient with students and yet again with our Instructors, we are lucky to have him on the team.

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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