Powerboat Training

The Team


Duncan Gilroy

Duncan is responsible for the administration of the school. He is a Powerboat Instructor and an Advanced Power boater. His license is commercially endorsed so he gets out on the water whenever he can! Being a family man with three children of his own, he is keen to make Seawake family friendly. When not on a boat or with his family, Duncan does a lot of voluntary work with various charities including skiing for the disabled.


Jason Zalot

Jason brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team when he joined us in 2015. Having been a commercial skipper for over 30 years he has worked across many different sectors of the marine industry.

As well as being an advanced powerboat instructor Jason also has his 60 mile off shore yacht masters commercially endorsed certificate and has a certificate of dispensation for his Master’s ticket, all of this experience combined with Jason's passion for the local environment and local history makes him a great asset to the team and one that is always keen to share his knowledge with others when taking customers out on RIB RIDE trips along the Menai Straits.

He is very much into the outdoors and sails his own racing yacht, when not out on the water he is often found out on his bike or down the allotment!


Pete Green

Pete has been a commercial powerboat skipper since 2006 and spent more than 12 years taking tourists out on wildlife and whirlpool trips on the west coast of Scotland. He has also spent time working on the industrial side of power boating in Norfolk, the west and east coast of Scotland and on the west coast of France.
During his Fire Service career he qualified both as an RYA Advanced Powerboar instructor and also a Rescue 3 Swift Water Rescue Boat Instructor. Pete is the chief instructor for Seawake at Menai Bridge.


Ian Thomas

Ian is an RYA Qualified Yachtmaster for power and sail and is a very experienced sailor having been involved with the sea most of his life. He is also an Advanced Power Boat Instructor. He spent 11 years as a marine engineering officer in the Merchant Navy and followed that with a career as a Police Officer with North Wales Police.

In 2005 he started to work full time as a sailing instructor and has since taught hundreds of people on many courses, both practical and shore based. He is also an Advanced Powerboat instructor and chief instructor for Seawake at Conwy Marina.

He has sailed the Irish Sea extensively in all weathers with regular trips around Anglesey, to the Isle of Man, the West coast of Scotland, Ireland and, of course, exploring the beautiful North Wales coastline.

When not sailing his interests include sport, cooking and anything to do with outdoors and adventure.


Richard Williams

Richard is an Advanced Power Boat Instructor with Seawake. We are delighted to have Kawasaki (as he likes to be known) as part of our team as he has a wealth of knowledge, not only Power boating, but also the Menai Straits. Rich began boating on the straits in 1984 and is greatly experienced in navigating this notoriously challenging stretch of water and delighted to pass on his skills and knowledge to others.


Steve Bell

Steve is an Advanced Power Boat Instructor and Yachtmaster Ocean [Sail and Power] commercially endorsed up to 200 gross tonne. Steve has a wealth of experience in yacht deliveries and specialises in own boat tuition preferring warmer climates.


Dave Manning

Dave is an Advanced Power Instructor and Commercial Skipper. He also had a long career with the NHS Ambulance services working as a Paramedic which is why he can usually be found teaching our Marine First Aid courses.


Chris Hill

Chris is an advanced Powerboat instructor & Yachtmaster Offshore Commercially endorsed up to 200Gt and 150Nm from shore.

He has a wealth of experience gained in the commercial marine and water sports sector. He has been driving power boats since 1994 and is an experienced IKO Kite surf instructor as well as holding the RYA Power Boat level 2 instructor certificates. Chris works as a freelance commercial skipper specialising in Hydrographic survey works.

During this time he has sailed most of the British coastline both East and West, from Orkney and Shetland to South Cornwall as well as many ports and locations in Europe.


Phil Sharkey

Phil is an Advanced Powerboat Instructor and a Commercial Skipper.
Originally trained by Richard Williams, Phil has built up a vast amount of knowledge and experience in both power and sail and has skippered numerous vessels of both types. Phil has also gained good knowledge of the local area and is keen to pass this on to others.
Phil is a Consultant Motor Engineer but prefers to mess with boats rather than cars nowadays!