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Ian has been involved with sailing and the great outdoors since childhood on the Yorkshire coast. Early sea and mountain experiences led to his qualifying as an RYA Instructor and British Mountain Leader in the 1970's. Following teacher training in Outdoor Pursuits and Geography he instructed sailing, mountaineering, and team building. Leadership training and Team building remain areas of strong interest. Ian later served as a Coastguard officer in Orkney and Oban.

RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
RYA/MCA Commerical Yachtmaster
RYA Ocean

RYA Shorebased Instructor
RYA SRC VHF Assessor/Instructor
RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor

British Mountain Leader Cert.
BEd. Geography and Outdoor pursuits.

Interests include the History of Navigation, photography, playing the saxophone to my dog and increasingly website design.

Ian has been a keen photographer since childhood......link to www.iancrowsonphotography.co.uk

Ian Crowson on Flickr

Ian Crowson on ePhotozine



For the last twelve years he has been training sailors and motor cruising yachtsmen on the South Coast, afloat and in the classroom. For many years Ian worked at Southern Sailing School during the period it was under John Goode's ownership and excellent directorship.

In addition to being an efficient team builder Ian particularly enjoys helping other people learn and develop. 

He is a good organizer and communicator who is able to get the job done in a quiet and efficient manner. Whilst never far from the sea or mountains, periods in business have enabled Ian to acquire a sound business acumen.

Ian has a keen interest in weather and meteorology strengthened by 10 years as a Met Office Observer.

Whilst still available for instruction of practical courses the last year or so has seen Ian concentrate more on shorebased work and one to one instruction ashore and afloat.

Total miles covered whilst instructing are aprroaching 20,000 with over 15,000 miles in the Solent. 


                 Web Site Design Ian Crowson 2001 -2012

Astro - Celestial Navigation

I have taught many RYA Ocean Courses and I offer brush up/revision tuitition before final Ocean YM Examinations.

Ian's aim is to provide a personal and tailored service in the sphere of Yachting, Navigation, and Personal Development.

His association with the RYA's World Class Training Schemes goes back more than thirty years. He is a firm believer in the benefits of  RYA training, both from the safety aspect, enjoyment and importantly the participants sense of achievement.

Ian Crowson RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Instructor