Meet the Team

Our Crew

We come from all different backgrounds - Skippers, Diving Instructors, Teachers, 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 Youth Adventure Training over a predictable 9-to-5 desk job. Deep down, everyone here wants to set their own course. Explore, sail and discover.

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The Principals

David Ben Swain

David (Ben) Swain -

Founder -  Operations Director and Chief Sailing Instructor

David Swain, known to all in the sail training industry as Ben, is an established Sail Trainer within the UK of considerable reputation and over 25 years’ experience as both an instructor and coach.  Holding a MCA Master 3000gt qualifications and a RYA Yachtmaster Instructors qualification, he is professionally qualified to take command, teach, or act as designated person ashore for Quaystage Training.

Ben has written a number of training handbooks, including those in use by MSSC Sea cadets, Sail Training International and Adventure Under Sail. He also played a key role in the development of the German sailing school on a ship ‘Ocean College’.

Ben's enthusiasm for sail training and water-based education and how it can change the lives of young people, is the passion and ethos behind Quaystage Training.

He is currently on secondment as The Government Officer for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. 

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Sammo Jones -

Lead Skipper and Company Bosun

Sammo is and experienced sail trainer and yacht skipper.  When not found on the water working with young people in sail training, he is either delivering yachts or as Company Bosun hanging from heights up a vessels rigging ensuring that our vessels are well maintained and meet high safety standards.

Tall Ships and Yachts are his passion, and Sammo takes great joy in transferring his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for the oceans to the young people in his charge.

Sammo is proud of being Welsh and is fluent in Celtic.  

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Head of Education and Communications

Miriam is a significant benefit to the Quaystage Training Team. An experienced teacher and outdoor education project leader, she leads all our educations programmes and takes charge of our social media interactions. Qualified in Biology and Chemistry, she enjoys passing on her knowledge of all things 'sciency' into everyday language and life. As principle co-ordinator for our Education@Sea and Science@Sea programmes, she works with our partner schools across the UK and Europe to bring their curriculum to life. Miriam's goal is to help her fellow teachers teach beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.   

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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!