The Sea School crew are friendly, fun loving and committed to sharing the power of harnessing wind and wave power for personal growth and connection. We value openness, sharing, developing strengths based approaches and skills by engaging with adventurous activities, solo reflections and a supportive social environment to maximise our learning.
We are proud to continue the tradition of flying the Blue Peter. Please join with us!
Interested in joining us? We are really keen to hear from you, as there is always room for more skippers, trainees and helpers on many of our expeditions! Contact us!
Here are some details of our amazing crew members currently involved:
Bob Houghton is an adventurer, retired educator and long serving Duke of Edinburgh’ Award Instructor, with a dedication to exploring the edge of the comfort zone! Bob is a keen paddler, sailor and glider pilot who was influenced by the Ocean Youth trust and is an inspirational mentor. Bob calls us all to action, currently serving as Skipper.
Martin Kelly is an experienced educator who mentors teachers through the Catholic Education system. Led by his own beliefs, Martin brings wisdom to our group, and is a founding father of the Sea School.
Jono Goss is an educator inspired by epic stories of endurance and discovery as well as his personal experiences at sea. His background as a science teacher, expedition leader and trainer assisted in the formation of the Sea School. He is currently serving as Skipper, White Watch Leader and as the Director of the Sea School.
Ross Pollard is a carpenter with a special interest in traditional wooden boat building. A keen sailor and talented facilitator, Ross brings wisdom, a sense of history/tradition and a practical aspects to the Sea School curriculum. He is currently serving as Skipper, Yellow Watch Leader and Boatswain.
Sally McAdam is an brilliant trainer and fun loving skipper who is passionate about expeditionary learning, seamanship and sustainable practice. Sally lives on a yacht and has significant experience leading extended adventure expeditions, currently serving as Skipper, Blue Watch Leader and Sea Instructor.
Kieron McCartney is a carpenter and youth worker for young people in the Child Safety system. He lives on a yacht and has a broad range of skills which helps us greatly, not only by creating a great experience on program. Currently serving as Skipper, Red Watch Leader and Boatswain, Kieron is also often on call for back up duties in his mighty tinnie.
Rob Wigginton is an experienced educator. His wisdom, relaxed manner and careful coaching style help to maximise positive learning outcomes for our students. Currently serving as Skipper and Sea Guide, Rob helps to keep us all on an even keel.
Yonna Powell is a talented cook and English language teacher, who works hard behind the scenes providing catering support and assistance with our training programs. Currently serving as Secretary and Cook, she is also often roped in to Red Watch to help with our on call support, towing vessels, sewing sails and other duties!
Sea School Trainees
Bryn Dunlop is an educator and experienced outdoor instructor with a commitment to working with less advantaged young people in the flexi school network. Learning to sail in the best way possible – by buying a trailer sailer, Bryn has also been organising expeditions on the South Passage for many years – and planning to integrate the work we do in small boats to enhance the experience for the young people he works with.
Kim Kenyon is an exceptional young woman who has travelled extensively and spent a lot of her life on sailing boats. She is an outdoor educator currently working for Youth Justice Services and has completed some training with us under the Andre Vogel scholarship. Kim serves as skipper and brings great skills and energy to the crew.
Dean Patrick is an energetic and very creative Primary School teacher with a keen interest in the ocean and mentoring young people through their interests. Dean first joined us on an expedition to Lady Musgrave Island and is continuing to build his experience in preparation for skippering on some of our upcoming expeditions.
Danni Lambert is a school teacher with a passion for experiential learning and the use of adventure based learning. She co-ordinates an excellent outdoor education program at a Catholic School as well as finding time to train as a skipper with us.
Gretta Kelliher is a talented educator and super woman who often graces our Duke of Ediburgh Award programs as a volunteer, and hopefully will be able to serve as a skipper in the near future.
Amy Luke-Paredi is a bright and energetic student, and our first trainee under the Helen Houghton scholarship. Amy completed her Bronze and Silver expeditions with us and is planning her Gold expedition as well as completing her level 2 Sea School Certificate.
Eva has had more than her fair share of sailing adventures, and has assisted on many expeditions. She is currently completing her Sea School Certificate (Level 2) and helps out on many expeditions.
Frankie Goss has been sailing since she can remember, and is in training for her level 2 Sea School Certificate (level 2).
Seb is an enthusiastic young man who first encountered The Sea School on a Year 7 program. He has continued coming back to work towards his level 2 Sea School Certificate.
More trainees to come – Steph, Cinda, Will, Fabian, Ben, Matt, Lauren, Andy, Robert, Tahlia, Tom, Ian, Loz… come on board!