Meet the Teams
Sail and Dive Camp
We come from all different backgrounds - Skippers, Diving Instructors, Marine Biologists and Activity Instructors. We share a desire for training young people and a love for the sea and the natural environment that surrounds it. We live for the personal journey that a collective experience working as a team can bring us.
We are here to teach, discover and evolve. That is why we have chosen Sail Training over a predictable 9-to-5 desk job. Deep down, everyone here wants to set their own course. Explore, sail and discover.
David (Ben) Swain - Operations Director and Chief Sailing Instructor
David Swain, commonly known to us all as “Ben”, has worked as ship's crew and as Director of Education for several sail training organisations. This, along with his experience of sail training spanning 25 years, motivated him to set up Quaystage Training as a RYA Training Centre and subsequently the Sail and Dive Camp youth experience.
Previously Station Manager at Kings Cross Station in London, Ben is a Graduate from Southampton Solent University and a qualified MCA Master of Yachts and Sail Training Vessels. He is also a fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor of considerable reputation, who is able to train all aspects of the RYA Cruising Scheme.
Ben has designed educational programmes for schools and colleges. He has also spent several semesters at sea as Mate and sailing coach with the German High Seas High School.
Kirsty French - Education and Schools Adviser
Kirsty is an essential member of our team. A full time teacher at one of the country's leading independent schools she is responsible for ensuring that our programmes and activities integrate with the national curriculum.
Working with us Kirsty helps schools to realise the potential of the experiential learning opportunities of Sail Camp and Dive Camp and Quaystage Training's other sail training activities.
With over 15 years of sail training experience Kirsty is an experienced hand on board having been the Bosun and Youth Mentor on a number of the UK's fleet vessels.
Sara G. Fleming - Diving Principal and Chief Dive Instructor
IDC Staff Instructor Sara Fleming became a PADI professional diver in 2008 and has dedicated her career to exploring the oceans and sharing its underwater secrets with her students ever since.
Sara has a passion for meeting new people, cultures and languages. She has been working on youth projects and activity training alongside diving programmes for the last 5 years.
Sara has sailed tall ships as a Watch Leader and Dive Officer since 2011. This took her to many different countries, across the Atlantic, and started her love of sailing. She has worked on various youth and teen diving and sailing programmes both in the UK and abroad, and plans to one day skipper her own yacht around the world!