Noel Hutchinson – School Principal

I started sailing over 20 years ago when I moved to Bournemouth for work. I had recently come out of the army and had never tried boating but thought I would give it a try as I now lived so close to the sea. I did a 5 day RYA Competent Crew sailing course and I have been hooked on boating ever since. Like all hobbies, there is always more to do and learn so I trained through the sailing scheme and became a Yachtmaster (sail).

I eventually quit my job in IT to take a year off and work out what to do next. During that year I became a dinghy instructor and a powerboat instructor. I also bought a RIB and started running rides for tourists from Poole Quay.

Following on from that I qualified as a Yachtmaster for motor cruising and became a Yachtmaster Instructor for both power and sail as well as an advanced powerboat instructor.

These qualifications have taken me all over the world. I’ve taught sailors in Oman how t navigate. I’ve sailed to Africa. I’ve been all over the Mediterranean and run charters in Greece, Ibiza, Mallorca, Croatia and lots of other places. I

I’ve taught people to sail and drive boat from all sorts of backgrounds. I’ve worked with leisure boaters, border force, specialist police units and lifeboat crews.

I set up Get Lost Powerboat Training before the pandemic and I’m very proud of the school and the people that take part within it. I don’t believe there is a better team out there with such a vast array of experience.

Noel Hutchinson - advanced training
Noel Hutchinson - Somewhere on the ocean

Noel Hutchinson – Qualifications

  • Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • Yachtmaster Instructor for Power
  • Yachtmaster Instructor for Sail
  • Personal Watercraft Instructor
  • Shorebased Navigation Instructor
  • Personal Watercraft Instructor
  • VHF Short Range Radio Assessor
  • RADAR Instructor
  • Diesel Engine Maintenance Instructor