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Welcome to Coastwise

Coastwise was established in 1999 when the principal, Paul Martin, was required to retire from his employment with the RNLI at the age of 55. He had served for 32 years, with the last 15 as full time coxswain/mechanic of an offshore lifeboat. For several years afterwards he was also assessing lifeboat personnel around the coast within the RNLI competency based training scheme. The school is therefore extremely safety aware.

As well as  training and assessing  lifeboat crews both ashore and afloat, he has for many years been instructing RYA shorebased courses in navigation, radio, diesel engine and radar. With previous experience in the inshore fishing industry, training for commercial fishermen through Seafish Industries has been provided in an area from North Yorkshire to the Thames.

Paul qualified as a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor in 1997 for motor, and in 1999 for sail, becoming a Yachtmaster Examiner in 2000. Several RYA practical courses were conducted for lifeboat officers, and after leaving the RNLI, courses were run from Hull in a 42ft motor cruiser.

In 2006 the training centre was relocated to Hartlepool with a 40ft Nelson “Lady Emma”, being used as the school boat for practical courses.

From January 2020 , Coastwise ceased to be a RYA Practical Training Centre and the RYA motor cruising practical  courses of Helmsman, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and  exam prep are now NOT being run. Paul himself ceased to be a RYA practical examiner in 2022.  Lady Emma is available for  skippered charter which can include the Yachtmaster exam if required, but without practical training from Coastwise.  An exam must now be booked through a practical training centre or direct through the RYA.  If a candidate wishes to use their own, employer’s or chartered vessel for the exam it must not be greater than 18m in length.

Basic boat handling , safety & local advice..
Passage making, deliveries etc
Skippered charter

RYA Basic Nav & Safety,   Day Skipper  & Yachtmaster courses
SRC / VHF Radio
RYA Radar
MCA <200gt prep course

Paul Martin
75 John F Kennedy Estate
Tyne & Wear NE38 7AL

07770 622946










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